Jenkins' Assists Lead DePaul Past Loyola

Jenkins' Assists Lead DePaul Past Loyola

CHICAGO- The last time the DePaul women's basketball team lost three games in a row was on January 24, 2012. There was no historical analog to that Saturday night versus Loyola.

DePaul (4-2) ended a two-game skid, put five players in double figures, and all players who dressed, scored, as the Blue Demons beat Loyola 93-55 at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

The Blue Demons, playing at home for the first time since November 18th, shot 52 percent from the field for the game and assisted on 25 of 36 field goals (69 percent).

Chanise Jenkins tied a career-high, and tied this year's Big East-high (Devon Kane of Villanova), with 10 assists.

Jenkins set the tone for DePaul and for the game in the first four minutes tonight, assisting on three baskets, draining a three-pointer, and adding one steal as DePaul jumped out 11-2 lead.

"We always say to get off to a quick and efficient start," said Jenkins. "My teammates did a good job of running the floor and we did a good job of talking on defense. Our energy spurt from defense transferred over to offense."

She had nine of DePaul's 14 first half assists, helping the Blue Demons garner a 45-23 halftime lead. The 23 first half points is the lowest allowed by DePaul in the Blue Demons' last 12 regular season games.

Loyola went on a 15-5 run to cut DePaul's lead to 71-47 with 6:57 left in the game. The Blue Demons' largest lead was 39 points with just over one minute to play. DePaul held Loyola without a field goal for the last four minutes.

DePaul finished final exams last week, posting 39 A's, 12 B's, and one C.

The Ramblers (2-7), averaging 15.4 turnovers per game, had 12 turnovers in the first 10 minutes. DePaul converted Loyola's 23 turnovers for the game into 28 points. The Blue Demons held Loyola scoreless for three minutes midway through the first half as their ballooned to 33-12 with 7:24 remaining.

Jasmine Penny, after a rough outing in DePaul's loss to Northwestern last Sunday, scored a game-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting from the field. She added six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot.

Trinity High School was well-represented in tonight's crowd, with roughly 15 students clad in blue sweatshirts. It's alumni did not disappoint, with Megan Podkowa scoring 14 points and adding six rebounds, three blocks, and three steals for DePaul.

Troy Hambric led Loyola with 12 points.

The DePaul/Loyola series started in 1975. The two teams have played each other every year since 1999. DePaul has won the last 20 games.

DePaul plays No. 5/6 Kentucky at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Wildcats beat No. 7 Baylor 133-130 in four overtimes Friday night. It was the most points scored by two teams in women's Division I basketball history. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

Notes:

- Brittany Hrynko needs one three-pointer to tie Sarah Kustok for 11th all-time at DePaul with 148. Her six assists tonight moved her into 11th all-time with 323.

- Kelsey Smith and Jessica January did not dress for DePaul due to injuries.

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