Nov. 24, 2012
Box Score: South Carolina 55, DePaul 46
St. Thomas, USVI – Megan Rogowski scored 13 points, but it was not enough as DePaul fell to South Carolina, 55-46 in the Championship Game of the Paradise Jam Reef Division on Saturday at the University of Virgin Islands Fitness Center.
DePaul (5-2) struggled from the field and shot 29.7 percent and hit just four 3-pointers. Katherine Harry joined Rogowski in double-figures with 10 points.
Rogowski was in the starting lineup for just the third time this season and replaced Anna Martin, who did not start due to a knee injury. Stepping in with a fearless attitude, Rogowski paced the Blue Demons with eight rebounds and three steals.
Brittany Hrynko, who was named to the Paradise Jam all-tournament team, dished out six assists and scored four points while the sophomore was double-teamed by South Carolina the entire game.
Ashley Bruner and Sancheon White both scored 11 points for South Carolina (7-0). Bruner also grabbed 12 rebounds while Aleghsa Welch, who was named the Reef Division’s Most Valuable Player, grabbed 10 rebounds and added nine points.
Defense highlighted the first half as both teams shot poorly. The Blue Demons shooting just 29.7 percent and the Gamecocks shot just a little better at 33 percent. DePaul’s defense forced eight South Carolina turnovers and converted those into seven points.
South Carolina took its largest lead of the half, 20-12 when Khadijah Sessions complete the three-point-play with 6:19 on the clock. DePaul locked down in the final minutes and closed out the half on a 9-2 run which was keyed by 3-pointers from Rogowski and Hrynko.
Rogowski’s triple pulled the Blue Demons within three with 3:12 to play in the half. Hrynko’s deep triple came with 33 seconds left and DePaul’s defense stymied South Carolina in the waning seconds.
Rogowski and Harry combined for seven points in the opening 2:48 of the second half and the Blue Demon led 28-25.
South Carolina answered with a 19-4 run over the next 8:42 which pushed the Gamecock advantage to 44-32.
Saturday’s game was the fifth game for DePaul in eight days. The Blue Demons, who were taking final exams during that stretch, posted a 4-1 record.
DePaul returns to the court at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 when it welcomes Northwestern for the cross-town clash.
Notes: DePaul’s four-game winning streak came to a close… DePaul’s 46 points are the fewest scored since it recorded 44 against Connecticut on Jan. 21, 2012… Megan Rogowski’s eight rebounds and three steal both tied a career-highs for the sophomore… South Carolina now leads the all-time series 3-2… DePaul is now 16-45 all-time against schools from the Southeastern Conference.