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Penny's Big Game Pushes No. 25 DePaul Past Illinois State, 80-67
Jasmine Penny put up a game-high 21 points to help DePaul to a 3-0 start on Monday.


Jasmine Penny put up a game-high 21 points to help DePaul to a 3-0 start on Monday.

Nov. 18, 2013

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CHICAGO – Jasmine Penny notched her first career double-double to lead No. 25 DePaul women’s basketball past visiting Illinois State, 80-67, on Monday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Penny, a senior forward, was her usual efficient self around the rim, connecting on 8-of-12 from the field to finish with a game-high 21 points and adding 10 rebounds.

DePaul improves to 3-0 overall and has now won seven-straight over Illinois State, which dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Three other Blue Demons joined Penny in double figures as junior guard Brittany Hrynko added 16 points to go with eight assists. Freshmen Brandi Harvey-Carr (14 points) and Jessica January (12 points) also went for career-highs off the bench.

The Blue Demons out-rebounded ISU by a narrow margin, 38-37, but were not effective inside early, getting out-rebounded 20-13 in the opening half, en route to just a four-point lead at the break.

It didn't matter much as the Blue Demons got off to a 12-4 lead early and led 21-9 after a pair of January free throws just 7:56 into the game.

The Redbirds responded, however, with an 8-1 run over the next two minutes to get within five, 22-17, before DePaul reclaimed a commanding lead at 30-17 following a layup by Hrynko and a three-pointer by Centrese McGee.

ISU would not go away, getting back to within 39-37 on a triple by Mackenzie Freeman. DePaul would get its four-point lead at the break behind a half-ending layup by Hrynko.

A 6-0 run began the second half for the Blue Demons, leading to an ISU timeout at 18:19. DePaul would hold the Redbirds scoreless for the first 3:36 of the half.

Leading 51-42 four minutes later, DePaul launched another 8-0 spurt capped by a Harvey-Carr bucket that gave the Blue Demons their biggest lead of the game at 59-42. The Redbirds would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as Penny put the game away with four straight points.

Next up for the Blue Demons is a meeting with Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in South Bend, Ind. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Notes: DePaul has scored at least 80 points in all three of its wins this season…  Jasmine Penny recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds… her 10 rebounds are the most since she grabbed 12 at USF on Jan. 17, 2012… Penny has scored in double-digits all three games this season… her 21 points are a season high and she has reached the 20-point mark in eight career games…  Brandi Harvey-Carr finished with career-highs in points (14), rebounds (6) and minutes (22)… Jessica January scored a career-high 12 points… she has reached double-figures in her last two games… Harvey-Carr and January combined for 26 of DePaul’s 36 bench points against Illinois State… Hrynko had a season-high eight assists… it is the 14th career game with seven or more assists… DePaul used the same starting line-up in its last two games… DePaul has won its last seven games against Illinois State and improves to 10-3 all-time in the series… DePaul has won its last 20 games against programs from the State of Illinois… since the 2000-01 season DePaul is 37-0 against teams from the state of Illinois when playing in Lincoln Park… in that same time span, DePaul is 66-2 against teams from the state of Illinois.