No. 22/21 DePaul Extends McGrath-Phillips Arena Winning Streak, Tops Loyola-Chicago
Blue Demons win their 22-straight on their home court to escape the Ramblers 70-65
Dec. 3, 2011
Box Score: DePaul 70, Loyola-Chicago 65 | Postgame Notes
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CHICAGO – Anna Martin scored 27 points and the No. 22/21 DePaul women’s basketball team extended its McGrath-Phillips Arena winning streak to 22 games with a 70-65 win over crosstown rival Loyola on Saturday.
Martin, who leads the BIG EAST Conference in scoring, was 10-of-21 from the field and led DePaul in scoring for the fourth time this season. Jasmine Penny added a career-high 16 points and has reached double-figures in DePaul’s last two games.
DePaul (6-1) outrebounded Loyola 51-45. The Blue Demons’ 51 rebounds was a season-high while Katherine Harry patrolled the glass and paced the floor with a season-best 15 rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocks. Harry’s five swats ties a McGrath-Phillips Arena record
DePaul shot just .324 (24-of-74) from the field on Saturday, but was able to counteract its offensive woes with its tenacious and overwhelming defensive pressure. The Blue Demons forced the Ramblers to turn the ball over 22 times and had 15 steals. Brittany Hrynko and Harry each had four steals while Martin and Penny added three.
DePaul was just 11-of-40 (.275) from the field in the first half and was paced by Martin’s nine points.
The Blue Demons led 13-8 with 14:43 before the game saw three more ties including at 25 with 1:10 left in the first. DePaul closed out the half 4-0 run and went to the locker room up 29-25.
Blue Demons broke open a tight game with a 13-2 second half run keyed by Penny's seven points. DePaul was up 45-30 with 14:15 to play. The Ramblers did not go away and pulled within three (63-60) on a Patrice King jumper with just over two minutes on the clock.
DePaul quickly responded with a putback by Harry and Deanna Ortiz made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Blue Demons back up six with 52 seconds to play. Loyola never got closer than five the rest of the way.
King led Loyola (4-3) with 26 points and Troy Hambric added 16 for Ramblers.
DePaul returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 7 when it opens BIG EAST Conference play and welcomes St. John’s to McGrath-Phillips. Wednesday’s game has been designated Chicagoland Field Trip Day and tips at Noon in Lincoln Park.
Notes: DePaul has won its last 22 games at McGrath-Phillips Arena which dates back to its Feb. 23, 2010 win over Pittsburgh... improves to 138-21 (.868) all-time at McGrath-Phillips Arena... Keisha Hampton started her 109th consecutive collegiate game; she has started every game since arriving in Lincoln Park in 2009... Anna Martin led DePaul in scoring for the fourth time this season... she has reached double-figures in all seven of DePaul’s games... she is averaging 21.9 points per game this season which leads the BIG EAST Conference... Jasmine Penny scored a career-high 16 points... she has reached double-figures in her last two games... her seven rebounds was also a career-best... Katherine Harry tied a career-high was five blocks... five blocks ties a McGrath-Phillips Arena record... five blocks by a Blue Demon has happened five times with Harry accomplishing the feat twice... Coach Doug Bruno won his 533rd game and his 493rd on the collegiate level... DePaul won its 66th straight game against an unranked non-conference opponent on its home court... DePaul has made at least one 3-pointer in its last 66 games... season-low five 3-pointers.. Ramblers shot .406 from the field and held DePaul to a season-low .324 field goal percentage... DePaul leads the all-time series 35-9 and has won the last 18 series meetings... DePaul holds an 19-3 mark in games play in Lincoln Park including the last 12