Penny, Hrynko Named WBCA All-Region Nominees
March 25, 2014
A WBCA selection committee will choose 10 of the nominees from the field of 52 candidates for the Division I Coaches' All-America Team. The All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. on April 5 during the NCAA Women's Final Four Super Saturday festivities at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Penny and Hrynko have been instrumental in DePaul's advancement to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
Behind their leadership, the Blue Demons have won nine games in a row and 18 of their last 19. They have sparked DePaul to a 29-6 season---tying the program record for most wins in a season.
Penny, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior forward, has led the team in total points all season and is averaging 15.5 points per game. Her mark of nearly 58 percent shooting is among the best field goal percentages in the country.
She went on a six-game scoring spree from Dec. 29 to Jan. 14 in which she put up at least 21 points. Penny had a season-high 29 at Bradley, 27 against Xavier and 26 at Creighton.
The All-BIG EAST First Team selection and BIG EAST Tournament Most Valuable Player ranks fifth all-time at DePaul in field goal percentage.
Hrynko is averaging nearly 13 points per game and leads the BIG EAST in assists and steals. The 5-7 junior guard is the first Blue Demon to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors in back-to-back seasons and will start her 101st game in Saturday's NCAA Regional semifinal.
She had 19 points and five assists in the NCAA first-round victory over Oklahoma and finished with 14 points and six assists in Monday night's upset of Duke. Hrynko had a season-high 25 points along with nine rebounds at Villanova and filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals at St. John's.
Hrynko has scored in double figures in 25 games this season and 69 games in her career. Her 198 assists is the third-best mark by any DePaul player in a single season.