Dec. 2, 2012
Photo Gallery | Box Score: DePaul 89, Northwestern 61
CHICAGO – Playing for the first time since their Thanksgiving trip to the Virgin Islands, these Blue Demons got back to playing their style of basketball.
Unleashing its patented full-court, up-and-down attack and raining down three-pointers, DePaul blitzed Northwestern 89-61 Sunday at McGrath-Phillips Arena in DePaul coach Doug Bruno’s 800th game heading up the Blue Demon program.
For the second game in a row, Megan Rogowski led DePaul (6-2) in scoring---this time with a career-high 22 points. Brittany Hrynko finished with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists while Jasmine Penny had 13 points and six rebounds.
Anna Martin added 12 points and Katherine Harry was the fifth Blue Demon in double figures with 11 points to go along with 15 rebounds -- her third double-double of the season.
“We didn’t play close to our best basketball in the Virgin Islands, and the last seven days have been a week of catharsis,” Bruno said. “We fixed what we did wrong against South Carolina and executed the simple functions of basketball.”
DePaul had the first sustained run of the game in the middle of the first half against a Northwestern team that had won its first six games of the season. Consecutive three-pointers by Rogowski, Martin and Hrynko capped off a 21-6 surge as the Blue Demons built a 29-14 lead with less than eight minutes until halftime.
“We want the three-pointer to help spread the floor for our inside-outside action,” Bruno said. “It’s very important for Jasmine and Katherine to be a force inside. In that span, we were sharing the ball and making simple passes.”
Rogowski had some extra motivation as her former teammates from Hersey High School were in the stands cheering her on.
“I was happy they came to see me play,” Rogowski said. “I was hoping to play well for them, and getting a career high was just luck.”
Bruno thought otherwise.
“It’s isn’t luck,” the Blue Demon coach said. “Megan is a great shooter, and the last two games we’ve started to see what I saw the first weeks of preseason practice.
“This is what I expected to see every night. She has the ability to average 12-to-16 points a game.”
Later in the first half, a 13-4 DePaul burst provided a 39-18 lead as Rogowski hit her third three-pointer---this one from NBA range.
Another Hrynko three followed by back-to-back scores inside from Kelsey Smith and a Rogowski layup left the Blue Demons with a 48-25 advantage at halftime.
“We knew Northwestern could post up and hit the three,” Harry said. “Our guards did a good job not letting them get the ball into the post. Jasmine and I had the inner resolve that weren’t going to let them have a game like they had in the past.”
Making sure NU didn’t get back in the game, DePaul began the second half on an 8-4 spurt in opening up a 27-point lead. Twelve unanswered points in the middle of the second half increased the lead to 33 points. Maggie Lyon led the Wildcats with 15 points.
And what about securing a win for the coach in his 800th win?
“He didn’t talk about it much,” Harry said. “But in the back of our minds, we knew it was a special occasion. He never brings stuff like that up very much.”
DePaul’s next game is at 6 p.m. Friday against No. 9/8 Kentucky in fabled Rupp Arena.
Notes: Doug Bruno coached his 800th career game at DePaul and is 516-284 all-time… leading 14-12 at the 11:30 mark, the Blue Demons used a 28-8 run spanning 9:07 to take a commanding 22-point lead, 42-20. Megan Rogowski hit three three-pointers during the onslaught and provided 11 total points… DePaul won its 152nd game at McGrath-Phillips Arena, improving to 152-24 (.864) all-time in the venue…. DePaul is now 122-6 in its past 128 games against unranked opponents at home… DePaul improved to 123-6 in the past ten seasons when scoring 80+ points… DePaul extended its streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 101... Northwestern’s 25 first half points was the teams’ lowest scoring half of the season… finished with 61 points in the game, which tied its lowest scoring output of the season… DePaul’s 34 point advantage with 6:38 remaining in the contest was its biggest lead of the season against any opponent… DePaul had five players reach double figures in scoring for the second time this season. 8-of-9 student-athletes who saw playing time scored at least two points… Katherine Harry was a force on the boards early, corralling five rebounds in the game’s first 1:36 (or one rebound per 19.2 seconds)… third double-double of the season and 18th of her career... Megan Rogowski tied her season-high with 13 points in the first half alone... finished with a career-high 22 points (previous high was 17 at Hawaii on Nov. 20, 2011) and a season-high four three-pointers… led the Blue Demons in scoring for a second consecutive game after pouring in 13 in the Blue Demons’ last outing against South Carolina… Brittany Hrynko tied a career-high with four made three-pointers, the sixth time in her career (and fifth time this season) she has knocked down four triples… DePaul improves to 6-2 overall on the season. Northwestern suffers its first loss of the season, falling to 6-1… DePaul now leads the all-time series between the two schools is now 16-14 in favor of DePaul… DePaul has won 12-of-13 in the series dating back to 1999… today’s 28-point margin of victory was the biggest for DePaul since a 38-point win (102-64) on Dec. 20, 2007 in Evanston… DePaul is now 41-53 all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference.