DePaul Women's Press Wilts Titans Early

DePaul Women's Press Wilts Titans Early

CHICAGO - The term "double time" is usually reserved for time signatures in music. The DePaul women's basketball team adopted the term for its own use versus Illinois Wesleyan University on Friday night.

Senior Jasmine Penny scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, junior Megan Rogowski added 22 points, and freshman Jessica January tallied 21 points as DePaul overwhelmed the visiting Titans 124-56 in exhibition play.

The Blue Demons used their second different starting line up in as many games, with red shirt freshman Brandi Harvey-Carr among the starters. With a relentless full court press, the Blue Demons jumped out to a 29-4 lead at the 15 minute mark.

"Coach [Bruno] always stresses the first five minutes of each game being huge, so we wanted to come out and prove to coach that we have that mindset and that we can do that," said Rogowski.

By that time, DePaul had scored 21 of its points off 11 turnovers and was 12-16 from the field. All five DePaul starters scored with just two minutes gone off the clock.

"I thought our players came out with great energy to start the game, which is always essential with the style we are going to play this year," said Bruno. "I think the players did an impressive job of having to force me to take the pressure off."

The Titans, Division III national champions two years ago, averaged 19.4 turnovers per game last year. DePaul forced them into 33 turnovers tonight.

"I think we have some pretty solid guard play, but we have to balance it with an inside game, and that was another theme of what we were trying to get done."

Hence the Harvey-Carr as starter experiment.

The 6'4" post player scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in 17 minutes of play.

"Harvey-Carr is much better than she was a year ago," said Bruno. "She is really a live-legged player. She is quick and she is fast, and yet she is really adjusting to the speed and endurance required to play this game."

Penny, after missing a few easy baskets Tuesday night against St. Xavier, came out with a renewed focus tonight, shooting 11-13 from the field.

"It stayed in my head because in the last game coach had got on me about not being focused, so I knew tonight I would come and be focused with my shots a lot more than I was in Tuesday night's game," said Penny.

Rogowski shot 8-12 from the field and 4-6 from behind the arc.

"What we are looking for is consistency in Rogowski," said Bruno. Rogowski scored 22 points against Northwestern last year and 16 points in the win against Louisville.

"She complements people who can break you down off the bounce," said Bruno.

January continued her brilliant play, scoring 19 first-half points and adding four assists. She shot 7-8 from the field.

"Jessica January has proven in these last two games that she is ready for the lights to go on," said Bruno.

And while the term "revolving door" is usually reserved for department stores and office buildings, that term is exactly what occurred with DePaul's entire team tonight.

"Often by now I am in a place where I know who is going to start, and this is a team that has got probably 10 players that can legitimately start for this basketball team," said Bruno.

Brittany Hrynko scored 11 points and dished out a game-high tying six assists. Chanise Jenkins added nine points and six assists. Kelsey Reynolds scored nine points and added five assists and three steals.

And for the second straight game, every DePaul player who dressed, scored.

DePaul eclipsed the century mark on Rogowski's three-pointer from the right corner with 9:04 left to play.

The loudest the Titans' fans got all night was when Illinois Wesleyan's Shelby Gray sank a 35-footer at the final buzzer.

The Titans Colleen McMahon, who had games of 31 points and 25 points last year, was held to eight points on 4-14 shooting from the field.

DePaul kicks off the regular season one week from tonight versus Harvard at 7:30 CST in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

And while basketball coaches have bad problems and good problems, consider Bruno in the latter category as the season begins.

"I had a great night of looking at different possibilities lineup wise. I think we'll be ready to play for real in one week."

Notes:

- DePaul's Kelsey Smith did not dress again due to injury.

- Former DePaul great Anna Martin was in attendance tonight.

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