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Hampton's Career High Lifts No. 23/20 DePaul Over Northwestern
Keisha Hampton (32 & pictured), Brittany Hrynko (14) and Jasmine Penny (11) all hit career-highs in DePaul's 88-72 win at Northwestern on Sunday.

Keisha Hampton (32 & pictured), Brittany Hrynko (14) and Jasmine Penny (11) all hit career-highs in DePaul's 88-72 win at Northwestern on Sunday.

Nov. 27, 2011

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EVANSTON, Ill.  – Playing a cross town and unbeaten rival Northwestern on the road, the No. 23/20 DePaul women’s basketball team conquered the Wildcats, 88-72 on Sunday at Welsh Ryan Arena.  The win pushed DePaul to 5-1 on the young season and halted Northwestern’s perfect start to the season as the Wildcats fell to 4-1.

Blue Demon senior Keisha Hampton scored a career-high 32 points behind a 12-of-12 effort from the free throw line. Hampton’s 32-point performance marks the seniors third career 30-plus point output and the first of the season.  Hampton paced a quartet of Blue Demons in double-figures.  

Anna Martin, who started today’s game leading the BIG EAST Conference in scoring, matched her season output with 21 including a 4-of-6 effort from behind the 3-pointer arc. Brittany Hrynko, who was also 4-of-6 from 3-point range, finished with career-best 14 points and Jasmine Penny collected a career-high 11 points.

DePaul entered the game averaging 11.0 3-pointers per contest and did not disappoint from behind the arc as five different Blue Demons combined for 12 triples.   DePaul finished .480 (12-of-25) from 3-point range and were .460 (29-of-63) from the field.  

After racing out to a 5-1 lead, the Blue Demons hit a cold spell and did not score its next basket for 3:57 before Katherine Harry’s jumper at the 13:19 mark tied the game seven all.  

Down 13-9, the Blue Demons went on a 13-2 run over the next 1:53.  DePaul’s run was fueled by three 3-pointers from Martin and four points from Hampton.

With DePaul up by seven, Northwestern tied the game at 27 and again at 30 with just under five minutes to play in the half.  Martin and Hampton again sparked DePaul’s offense and scored eight of the Blue Demons last 11 points of the half.  

DePaul went to the locker room up 41-37.  Martin had 13 points and Hampton added 12.

The second half saw DePaul push its lead to eight (47-39) on a 3-pointer by Deanna Ortiz.   

The pesky Wildcats would not go away and tied the game a 58 on a pair of made free throw from Morgan Jones with 10 minutes on the clock.

Penny sparked DePaul’s offense on the next two trips with hard fought baskets in the paint before a 3-pointer by Martin gave DePaul a 65-62 lead with 8:21 to play.

DePaul used a 12-4 run over the next 5:32 to push its lead to 74-66. The Blue Demons put a good Northwestern free throw shooting team at the line on its next two trips and the Wildcats were back within four with 3:36 left in the contest.

Unwilling to relinquish its lead, DePaul closed out the game on a 14-2 run.

Dannielle Diamant led Northwestern with 19 points while Jones tallied 17 and Brittany Orban finished with 16.

The Blue Demons return to action in Lincoln Park on Dec. 3 when they welcome Loyola-Chicago.  The Saturday game tips at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available for the cross-town clash.

Notes: Keisha Hampton started her 108th consecutive game… DePaul had 12 3-pointers in the contest -- the team is averaging 11.2 triples per game this season… Hampton’s career-high came on 9-of-23 shooting and she was 12-of-12 from the free throw line… her 12-of-12 performance marks the third time a DePaul player has been 12-of-12... 12 made free throws is a new career-best for Hampton…  Hampton has reached double-figures in 76 of her career 108 games… Martin has reached double-figures in all six games this season… she has scored 20+ points in her last three games… Brittany Hryno’s 4-of-6 is a career-best in 3-pointers… Hrynko has reached double-figures in three of her last four games… Jasmine Penny tied a career-high with three steals… Doug Bruno tallied his 492nd collegiate coaching victory… DePaul has won 10 consecutive games against programs from the state of Illinois… DePaul now leads the all-time series with Northwestern 15-14 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings… DePaul is now 41-53 against teams from the Big Ten and has won its last three games against schools from the conference.