DePaul Falls at No. 7/6 Kentucky
Dec. 7, 2012
Box Score: Kentucky 96, DePaul 64
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite double-figure scoring performances from Jasmine Penny, Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko the DePaul women’s basketball team dropped a 96-64 contest at No. 7/6 Kentucky on Friday.
Playing in front of a Rupp Arena record women’s basketball crowd of 18,488 Kentucky was led by Samarie Walker’s 18 points and 10 rebounds while DeNesha Stallworth and A’dia Mathies each finished with 17 points. Stallworth also added 13 rebounds and Jennifer O’Neill finished 13 points.
The Wildcats (7-1) shot 49 percent for the game and hit a season-high nine 3-pointers.
Chanise Jenkins paced DePaul (6-3) on glass with a career-high 10 rebounds. The freshman point guard also added a team-best seven assists.
The Blue Demons wished they could get the first five minutes back after Kentucky raced out to a 25-2 advantage behind 50 percent shooting. The Wildcats went up by as many as 27 points (40-13), before DePaul put together a 10-0 run which was keyed by Martin and Penny.
With its largest deficit of the first half and 9:20 left to play, Martin and Penny went to work. The Lexington native started DePaul’s scoring spurt with a three before a Penny steal and a layup. Martin picked off a Wildcat pass and found a flashing Penny for another layup. Martin closed out the run with another triple and with 7:05 left in the first, DePaul looked to be back on track.
Hrynko, who has been battled tested behind the arc, drained a triple with 58 seconds left in the half to pull DePaul within 16 (49-33) but a last second layup by Kentucky put the Blue Demons down 18 (51-33) heading into the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Demons pulled within 15 (51-36) when Katherine Harry made made one of two free throws in the opening 1:26 of the second half. With DePaul looking to make a run, Kentucky locked down on defense, scored five unanswered points and pushed its lead back to 20 on a Stallworth layup with 17:45 to play.
Hrynko made a pair of free throws to push the Wildcat advantage back into the teens, but Kentucky answered with a 15-5 run and took its first 30-point advantage (75-43) on a Matheis triple with just over nine minutes left in the game.
DePaul would not get closer than 26 the rest of the way.
The Blue Demons return to Lincoln Park and host Milwaukee for a Noon game Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Notes: Jasmine Penny led DePaul in scoring for the fourth time this season and eighth time in her career… Chanise Jenkin’s 10 rebounds were a career-high… Jenkins has led DePaul in assists five times this season and in DePaul’s last two games… Jenkins has tallied seven or more assists in three games… Fourth time Kentucky has reached the 90-point mark this season… Kentucky has won 26 consecutive home games… DePaul is now 0-2 against school’s from the SEC Conference this season and is 16-46 all-time… Kentucky leads the all-time series 3-0 and is 2-0 in games played in Kentucky.