Rogowski's Career Night Lifts DePaul

Rogowski's Career Night Lifts DePaul

CHICAGO- DePaul's Megan Rogowski missed her first warm-up jumper before the start of second half of Wednesday night's game versus Providence.

She missed little else the entire evening.

Rogowski scored 17 of her career-high 30 points in the first half, and the Blue Demons placed four players in double figures as they beat Providence, 91-71, at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

"You just have to keep shooting whether you are making or missing," said Rogowski. "I was very confident with my shot tonight."

Her eight three-pointers broke former Blue Demon Allie Quigley's record of three-pointers made by a DePaul player in a game at McGrath-Phillips Arena, and she tied Lenae Williams' school record for most three-pointers in a game. Rogowski finished 10-22 from the field and 8-17 from behind the arc. She left to a hearty applause from the crowd of 2,135 when she was removed from the game with 1:28 left.

DePaul (11-4, 2-1 Big East) was coming off a loss at Creighton, was without starter Megan Podkowa and vital bench player Kelsey Reynolds due to injuries, and even though the conference portion of its schedule is only three games old, it needed a win to avoid being part of a logjam in the middle of the Big East.

"We really needed to come back tonight after our meltdown [at Creighton]," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "We needed to get back on track tonight and this conference has already taken clear shape that any team is capable of beating any other team."

"I thought our players did a real nice job down the stretch at the end of the game getting the simple aspects of the game cleaned up and executed."

But DePaul had to get to that stretch first.

Brittany Hrynko's rebound and full court in-stride pass to Jasmine Penny for a three-point play was part of a 20-6 first half DePaul run. The run ended with freshman ShaKeya Graves' three pointer from the left corner, giving the Blue Demons a 42-27 lead at 3:08.

After Providence (5-9, 0-3 Big East) answered with four straight points, Chanise Jenkins' acrobatic lay up down the middle of the lane, a Rogowski three-pointer, and a steal by Hrynko with an assist to Rogowski followed by Hrynko's no-look pass to Penny for a lau up put DePaul up 52-34 just before halftime.

Jenkins finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

"Chanise Jenkins is a great leader and facilitator of the basketball, and she understands basketball," said Bruno. "Her nickname is ‘Trixy' because she has tricks, but the tricks means she is a smart player. When she is playing smart and intelligent, everything flows off of that."

Penny's 23 points completed her fourth straight game of 20 or more points. She leads the Big East in scoring at 26.5 ppg. She also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

"Jasmine is starting to string together a nice string of games doing it the Jasmine Penny way, which is simple," said Bruno. "When she is not open she gets the ball to a teammate."

Providence entered the game with only eight healthy players, one of them being Pre-Season All-Big East selection Tori Rule.

Hrynko, with a slow night scoring wise (four points), dished out a game-high nine assists. Her 5.7 assists per game average is second in the Big East. But what she lacked in scoring, she doubled up on defense, holding Rule to 12 points on 1-13 shooting from the field and 1-8 from behind the arc.

Hrynko moved into fifth all-time at DePaul in assists with 381 and her 1,019 career points lands her in 28th place all-time.

DePaul shot 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the arc for the game. The Blue Demons outrebounded the Friars, 47-38, and are now 8-1 when outrebounding their opponent.

Rogowski's 17 first half points were more than she scored in each of the previous five games.

DePaul led 77-64 with 5:26 remaining when Rogowski drained a three-pointer with one second left on the shot clock and followed that with a 24-footer from the top of the key.

"Megan is more than just a great three-point shooter," said Bruno. "She is a great offensive basketball player, and she compliments what Jasmine Penny does as an inside player."

DePaul is the only Big East team to have five players rank in the Top 30 in scoring (Penny, Rogowski, Hrynko, Jenkins, and Podkowa), but with Podkowa out of the lineup, others had to contribute.

The Blue Demons' bench scored 17 points. Kelsey Smith started her first game as a Blue Demon and played an effective floor game in her 12 minutes. Centrese McGee added a game-high 11 rebounds, and Jessica January scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, and added four assists.

DePaul stays home to play St. John's this Saturday at 4:00 CST.

"This team is not even close to hitting on all cylinders yet," said Bruno. "We are skipping more than a car trying to get out of a rut back and forth."

Rogowski's performance tonight may have helped DePaul find that extra gear.

Notes:

- DePaul now leads the series 8-4 and is 6-0 in games in Lincoln Park

- The Blue Demons are now 11-1 this year when leading with 5:00 to play

- Rogowski's 30 points is the highest point total by a DePaul player this year

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