Doug Bruno earned his first ever BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor on Wednesday after leading the Blue Demons to the BIG EAST Regular Season Title.
March 5, 2014
Complete list of BIG EAST Postseason Award Winners
CHICAGO - After leading the DePaul women's basketball team to its first ever BIG EAST Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, Doug Bruno was named the league's Coach of the Year it was announced on Wednesday by the conference office.
Bruno led the Blue Demons to a 24-6 record and his team finished with a 15-3 conference mark. DePaul concluded the regular season by winning 13 of its last 14 games and moved into the national polls in the No. 25 position earlier this week.
The Blue Demons lead the BIG EAST in scoring offense (84.0), scoring margin (+13.1), field goal percentage (.452), 3-point field goals per game (9.0), 3-point field goal percentage (.366), assists (20.1), steals (11.9) and turnover margin. In those same categories, DePaul ranks in the top 10 in Division I in scoring offense, 3-point field goals per game, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Brittany Hrynko, Jasmine Penny, Megan Rogowski and Jessica January all earned conference honors as well.
Hrynko and Penny were both named unanimous first-team all-conference performers. Rogowski was an honorable mention honoree and January earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.
Hrynko, led the BIG EAST in steals (2.8) and assists (5.7) this season. The junior averaged 3.1 steals per game against league opponents and recorded five or more steals in six games. Hrynko also averaged 12.7 points per game and eclipsed the 20-point mark in six games. Leading the Blue Demons in assists, the Philadelphia native recorded seven or more assists in 11 games which included four games with 10 or more. She enters the postseason ranked fourth all-time at DePaul with 170 assists in a single season.
Penny led the BIG EAST in field goal percentage the entire season. The senior from Logansport, Ind., connected on over 57 percent of her shots and started the BIG EAST Conference season by scoring 20 or more points in five consecutive games. Penny finished 14 of DePaul's 18 league games in double-figures and eclipsed the 20-point more in eight of those games. The senior leads DePaul in offensive rebounds with 73 and with 24 blocks.
Rogowski was the league's best 3-point shooters. The junior averages 3.3 3-pointers per game which ranks sixth in Division I. She finished 12 games with four or more 3-pointers and knocked down a career-best and McGrath-Phillips Arena record eight triples against Providence on Jan. 8, 2014. The junior from Prospect Heights, Ill., connected on nearly 49 percent of her shots from the behind the arc to lead the league.
January was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. The Richfield, Minn., native appeared in 29 of DePaul's 30 games, missing one game due to injury. The rookie averaged 9.2 points per game and reached double figures in 17 contests. The first option off the bench for the Blue Demons, January ranked 29th in the league in scoring, 15th in assists (2.6) and 13th in steals (1.4).
Since 2005-06, DePaul has had 14 players earn All-BIG EAST Conference honors a total of 22 times. Hrynko is making her second appearance on the first-team all-conference list, while Penny and Rogowski are first time honorees. January becomes the DePaul's fifth All-Freshman team selection.
The Blue Demons open the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday Mar. 9 at 6 p.m. (CT) against either Xavier or Georgetown. The tournament's quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be played at the Allstate Arena. The first round games on Mar. 8 will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena which is located on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus.