Nov. 19, 2012
CHICAGO – For anyone who enjoys an old-fashioned shootout, McGrath-Phillips Arena was the place to be on Monday night.
That’s where five Blue Demons scored in double figures as DePaul outgunned Yale 95-80 in a game of pure entertainment.
Anna Martin and Jasmine Penny topped the scoring avalanche with 22 points apiece while Martin also had five assists. Katherine Harry had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Brittany Hrynko finished with 12 points and five assists while Chanise Jenkins racked up season highs in points with 11 and assists with nine while adding six rebounds.
What a way to send off this team to the U.S. Virgin Islands where DePaul (3-1) will compete in the Paradise Jam tournament beginning on Thanksgiving Day.
“That was awesome,” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. “If people played women’s basketball this way, we’d have a lot easier time getting people to come watch us. I’m not all that excited about giving up 80 points, but I’m happy to take the 95.
“Sharing the ball like that and shooting, it does help to sell the sport of women’s basketball.”
Both teams turned up the offense down the stretch, but the Blue Demons’ balanced attack would not let Yale within eight. Martin’s three-pointer with just over two minutes to go provided a 95-77 lead.
“It was fun running up and down the court receiving passes from our point guard,” Penny said. “We were all out there trying to compete.”
After Yale (1-3) had closed to 52-49 early in the second half, DePaul went on a 13-2 burst in securing a 65-51 lead with Jenkins and Penny leading the way.
The Bulldogs responded with back-to-back baskets to draw within 10. Harry’s three-point play, a Martin jumper and technical foul shot followed by a Penny three-point play midway through the second half put the Blue Demons up 76-57.
Yale wouldn't go away and retaliated with nine unanswered points. Martin snapped that stretch with a layup for a 78-66 lead with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left. A pair of Bulldog baskets cut the DePaul margin to 78-70.
“Yale played with a fearlessness that forced us to really play hard,” Bruno said. “I was excited for the degree of difficulty created in this win. I feel a little bit of gratitude for being pushed like this.”
Jenkins echoed her coach’s sentiment.
“Yale did a good job of preparing us for the three (NCAA tournament) teams we’re going to face in the Virgin Islands,” Jenkins said. “My confidence level is pretty high, and our team did a good job of getting open tonight.”
DePaul could not shake Yale until the end of the first half. It was the Katherine Harry show in the first 20 minutes as the 6-foot, 3-inch center scored 15 of the Blue Demons’ first 26 points. Three of those baskets came off timely Jenkins assists.
Sparked by Sarah Halejian’s all-around game, Yale went on a 17-7 run in moving ahead 29-26. The Bulldogs led 32-30 on Allie Messimer’s three-point shot when DePaul got down to business.
Characteristic of Bruno-coached teams, the Blue Demons scored 13 points in a row just before halftime in surging to a 43-32 lead. Jenkins had three-straight baskets and Anna Martin scored back-to-back while Kelsey Reynolds buried a three-pointer. Messimer’s basket left DePaul with a 43-34 lead going into halftime.
The Blue Demons forced 15 Bulldog turnovers in the first half leading to 24 points. The home team wound up forcing 25 turnovers resulting in 37 points.
DePaul will open up the Paradise Jam against Florida Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Notes: DePaul is now 51-1 when scoring 90 points and has won its last 51 games when reaching the 90-point mark… DePaul has won two straight for the first time this season… averaging 81.7 points in game that it has won… first time this season five players ---Anna Martin (22), Jasmine Penny (22), Katherine Harry (18), Brittany Hrynko (12) and Chanise Jenkins (11) all reached double –figures... Martin’s 22 and Jenkin’s 11 were both season highs… Jenkins dished out a season-best nine assists… DePaul has had at least seven or more assists in each of its four games… DePaul has 23 assists and is registering 22.5 per game… Harry tallied her second double-double of the season 17 career double-doubles… Martin now has 1,443 career points which ranks 14th on DePaul’s all-time list… she passed Latasha Byears (1994-96)… Martin has now reached double-figures in 74 of her 107 games… Coach Doug Bruno coached his 796th career game… Yale has scored 80 or more points in its last two games… DePaul now leads the all-time series with Yale 2-0 and is 6-0 against school’s from the Ivy League.