April 5, 2014
WBCA All-America Teams
CHICAGO - DePaul standouts junior guard Brittany Hrynko and senior forward Jasmine Penny were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-America team it was announced on Saturday prior to Women's Final Four in Nashville.
Penny and Hrynko were instrumental in DePaul's run to the NCAA Sweet 16 this season. Penny led the Blue Demons in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Hrynko was DePaul's leader in assists (202) and steals (86).
Behind Penny and Hrynko's leadership, the Blue Demons won 18 of their last 20 games which included a 74-65 win at Duke that pushed DePaul to its third ever Sweet 16. The pair helped the Blue Demons to a 29-7 season which tied a program record for most wins in a season and set a new mark for most games played.
Penny, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior forward, led the team in total points (568) and averaged 15.8 points per game. She knocked down 58 percent of her shots for one of the best field goal percentages in the country.
The Logansport, Ind., native went on a six-game scoring spree from Dec. 29 to Jan. 14 in which she put up at least 21 points. Penny tied a career-high with 29 at Bradley, and scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season which included 24 points against Texas A&M in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
The All-BIG EAST First Team selection and BIG EAST Tournament Most Valuable Player ranks fifth all-time at DePaul in field goal percentage and finished her career with 1,417 points which ranks 17th all-time in the Blue Demon annuals.
Hrynko is averaged 12.5 points per game and led the BIG EAST in assists and steals. The 5-7 junior guard was named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American earlier this week and became the first Blue Demon to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors in back-to-back seasons.
The Philadelphia native, who is a finalist for the Dawn Staley Award, averaged 12.5 points per game and reached double-figures in 25 games. Hrynko closed out the season by reaching double-figures in six of DePaul's last nine games which included a season-high 25 points at Villanova on Feb. 25. She also averaged 12.0 points in DePaul's three NCAA Tournament games and scored 19 points in the Blue Demons' first round win against Oklahoma.
Hrynko led DePaul in assists in 18 games, with the junior dishing out seven or more assists in 12 contests. She recorded a career-high 12 assists in DePaul's wins over Washington and Seton Hall.
Hrynko and Penny become DePaul's 13th and 14th honorable mention honoree since the 1978-79 season. The Blue Demon tandem becomes first time since the 2010-11 season that two DePaul players honored by the WBCA.