DePaul Women Bounce Back, Beat Howard

DePaul Women Bounce Back, Beat Howard

CHICAGO- The DePaul women's basketball team is known under its coach, Doug Bruno, for its offensive prowess. But it used defensive assistance from an All-America player on last year's roster to help get the win Saturday night versus Howard University.

Jasmine Penny scored 15 points and provided a stellar defensive effort against the Lady Bison's Saadia Doyle to help DePaul (2-1) defeat Howard 68-51 at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Doyle is averaging 26 ppg this season and had a 36-point outburst versus No. 8 Penn State last Sunday, but she did not score her first field goal tonight until 12:35 of the first half. She finished with 21 points, five below her average, but shot just 7-17 from the field.

"This whole week has been our main focus [concentrating on Doyle]," Penny said. "Our practice players this week included [alum] Keisha Hampton, and I guarded Keisha, who played Doyle's role."

Howard (0-3) came in averaging just 61 points per game. DePaul held the Lady Bison to eighteen points in the first half, the lowest first half total by a Blue Demon opponent since Loyola scored 16 points in the first half on December 6, 2009.

DePaul was coming off a loss to Dayton that dropped them from the Top 25, and final exams week.

"We focused this week on defending, we focused on rebounding, and we are still trying to get better at all the little fundamental functions of the game," said Bruno.

Those fundamental functions of the game were in action tonight by guard Chanise Jenkins.

Jenkins, starting her first game this year, scored seven points and had a game-high and career-high seven of DePaul's 21 assists. She was paired with Brittany Hrynko (team-high 18 points) in the back court.

"It's not really a big adjustment [playing with Hrynko]," said Jenkins. "Brit is a great guard and she talks to me on the floor and lets me know what is going on, so it is easy to get the flow of things with her."

Howard edged to an 18-17 lead with 9:39 left in the first half, but Hrynko's two three-pointers started and finished a 14-1 DePaul run as the Blue Demons moved ahead 32-18 at the break.

Jenkins' three-pointer started the second half scoring.

The best example of Doyle's frustration with DePaul's defense came with 14:14 left to play.

Doyle, under pressure in the back court, had the ball wrestled away from her by Kelsey Reynolds, who passed it to Jenkins, who fed Katherine Harry (nine points and 10 rebounds) for a three-point play and a 46-22 DePaul lead.

"I thought we had good help most of the night," said Bruno. "Katherine Harry did a good job of doubling up on Doyle."

DePaul's Anna Martin added 12 points and six assists.

The Blue Demons stay home to play Yale this Monday at 7:00 CST.

Notes:

- This was Bruno's 795th career game at DePaul.

- Anna Martin was named this week to the Naismith Awards Early Season Watch List.

- DePaul's 2013 recruiting class of Jessica January, Antania Hayes, ShaKeya Graves, and Meri Bennett-Swanson has been rated No. 13 and No. 17 nationally according to two rating services.

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