No. 25 DePaul Falls at Northwestern
Dec. 1, 2013
Box Score: Northwestern 82, DePaul 79
EVANSTON, Ill. – Megan Rogowski scored a career-high 23 points, but it was not enough as No. 25/25 DePaul fell to Northwestern, 82-79 on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Blue Demons have dropped their last two games, both have been on the road, and fall to 3-2 on the season. Northwestern, improves to 6-1 and boasts a 6-0 record on its home floor.
Megan Podkowa had another career game for DePaul. The sophomore scored a career-high 20 points and added eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists and steals. Chanise Jenkins registered her second career double-double and first of the season with 13 points and tied a career high with 10 rebounds. Jasmine Penny rounded out DePaul’s double figure scorers with 10 points.
Rogowski was on fire from behind the arc and drained a career-best six 3-pointers. Rogowski becomes the 17th Blue Demon to hit six triples in a game. Six 3-pointers also ties for the seventh most in Blue Demon history.
In a game that saw 12 lead changes, 13 ties and the teams combined for 161 points, both teams were running the floor trying to create chances.
Northwestern jumped out to a 22-4 lead thanks to making its first eight shots and capitalized on poor DePaul shooting to start the game. The Blue Demons were just 1-of-12 in the first seven minutes of action.
Podkowa jump started DePaul’s offense with a triple and Rogowski and Brittany Hrynko followed with 3-pointers of their own to cut the Wildcat lead to single digits. DePaul continued to run on all cylinders, forcing turnovers and crashing the glass to get additional offensive chances.
Baskets by Kelsey Reynolds, Podkowa and Rogowski pulled the Blue Demons within two before a Jenkins steal led to a fastbreak layup and a tie game at 22 with 7:50 to play in the half.
DePaul closed out the half by making 4-of-6 at the free throw line and Rogowski’s third triple of the stanza gave the Blue Demons a 36-30 advantage heading into the locker room.
Northwestern chipped away at the Blue Demon lead and opened the half on an 8-2 run that knotted the game at 38.
Podkowa and Jenkins combined to score DePaul’s next eight points and the Blue Demons led 46-42 with just over 14 minutes to play.
The Wildcats answered and went on a 9-3 run and took a 57-50 advantage on a Lauren Douglas jumper.
Not giving up, the Blue Demons battled back and tied the game at 60 with eight minutes to play.
The game was tied six more times before a Jenkins layup gave DePaul a 79-77 lead with 45 seconds to play. An offensive rebound and putback by Alex Cohen knotted the game at 79 while Cohen’s free throw following the play proved to be the game winner.
Douglas led four Northwestern players in double-figures with 26 points. Nia Coffey added 20 and a team-high 10 rebounds. Christen Inman recorded 13 and Maggie Lyon added 10 for the Wildcats.
DePaul begins a three-game home stretch on Dec. 7 when it welcomes Loyola to McGrath-Phillips Arena for a 7 p.m. contest. The Blue Demons then host No. 7/7 Kentucky on Dec. 12 and Dartmouth on Dec. 16.
Notes: Brittany Hrynko started her 69th straight, Jasmine Penny started her 61st and Chanise Jenkins started her 38th consecutive game… Doug Bruno coached his 830th game on the DePaul bench… DePaul started the game 1-of-12, but closed out the first half by making 11-of-24… DePaul used a 21-2 run to take its first lead of the game – 25-24 with 7:24 to play in the first… DePaul outrebounded the Wildcats 27-17 in the first half…. DePaul had six first half steals and forced nine Northwestern turnovers… DePaul outrebounded Northwestern 47-37… 47 rebounds is the most by DePaul this season… DePaul’s 12 3-pointers ties the most this season… also made 12 triples against Harvard on Nov. 8… Season-low .682 (12-of-22) from the free throw line… Hrynko had seven assists and has recorded seven or more assists in two games this season… Northwestern snapped DePaul’s 20-game winning streak against school’s from the state of Illinois… since 200-01, DePaul is 67-3 against program’s from the State of Illinois… two of those losses have come at Northwestern… DePaul still leads the all-time series 16-15, while Northwestern leads the series in Evanston 8-7… the win for the Wildcats was the first series win since Nov. 24, 2009… DePaul has won three straight coming into Sunday’s game.