DePaul shocks Duke

Blue Devils' season ends with rare home loss
Mar. 24, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Rarely seen, the tears began to fall for Duke’s women’s basketball players before they could leave the Cameron Indoor Stadium court Monday night.

For the first time since 1996, when the current players were toddlers, Duke saw its women’s basketball season end on its home court.

No. 7 seed DePaul rained 3-pointers on Duke, hitting 14 to upset the second-seeded Blue Devils 74-65 in an NCAA Tournament second-round game.

The loss halted Duke’s 19-game homecourt winning streak in NCAA Tournament play. It also marked the first time since 2009 that Duke (28-7) was ousted before reaching the NCAA Tournament’s final eight.

“I hope that everyone learns how hard it is – this stuff is hard,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said through tears after leaving the post-game locker room. “It’s not automatic. It’s not something that should be treated that way. It takes a lot of hard work to do special things and sometimes a little luck, too.”

Luck certainly deserted the Blue Devils this season. Starting guards Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones were lost to season-ending knee injuries in January and February. Duke’s depleted backcourt was exposed as DePaul (29-6) used a pressure defense to force the Blue Devils into 21 crippling turnovers.

“I think they were very aggressive defensively,” said Duke senior Haley Peters, who scored 11 points in her final game for the Blue Devils. “They were really up on top of our ball handlers and I didn’t think we handled it very well.”

DePaul’s stable of 3-point shooters took advantage of gaps in Duke’s zone defense to punish the Blue Devils from the perimeter.

Megan Rogowski sank six 3-pointers to score a game-high 22 points, while Megan Podkowa sank all four of her 3-pointers to score 18. Brittany Hrynko also sank four 3-pointers as she scored 14 points.

DePaul made 14 of 33 3-pointers, a healthy 42.4 percent success rate, and Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno had no problems with his team shooting that many.

“Especially with the zone that they play and (center) Elizabeth Williams down in the middle,” Podkowa said, “we had to attack over the top. So it was definitely in our practices to shoot threes and make threes.”

DePaul was smart to stay away from the 6-5 Williams, who blocked seven shots.

The story of the game was on display early as DePaul made four 3-pointers over the game’s first 12 minutes to build a surprising 20-8 lead. At the same time, Duke turned the ball over nine times while just 3 of its first 12 shots.

Trailing 25-12, Duke took advantage of a DePaul cold shooting streak to score 12 of the last 14 points of the half to trail 27-24 at intermission.

Duke scored the first two baskets of the second half, Ka’lia Johnson’s rebound basket off a Williams miss and a Richa Jackson layin, to take its first lead of the game at 28-27 early in the second half.

But DePaul immediately embarked on an 11-2 run, getting 3-pointers from Podkowa, Rogowski and Hrynko to lead 38-30.

Taking better care of the basketball over the final 10 minutes of the game, Duke trailed 49-40 before making one final push. Williams blocked shots halted two consecutive DePaul possessions and two baskets by Oderah Chidom completed a 6-0 Duke run that sliced the Blue Demons lead to 49-46 with 7:01 to play.

But a 10-2 DePaul run, keyed by 3-pointers from Hrynko and Rogowski, gave the Blue Demons a 57-48 edge with five minutes left.

Duke ran out of rallies and the careers of seniors Tricia Liston, Peters and Jackson came to a tear-filled end with another senior star, the injured Gray, on the bench in street clothes.

“We’ve just from the start gotten along so well and been through so much together,” Peters said of the senior class. “We’ve just become such a close group. We won two ACC tournaments, three ACC regular-season championships. I can’t think of three other people I would rather spend my four years with.”

 

 

DEPAUL 74, DUKE 65

 

FG

FT

Reb

DEPAUL

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Podkowa

32

7-9

0-0

3-5

1

2

18

Penny

32

4-6

3-4

4-6

1

2

11

Hrynko

34

5-12

0-1

0-0

6

3

14

Jenkins

31

1-6

2-2

2-7

7

2

4

Rogowski

32

6-15

4-4

0-4

2

3

22

January

18

0-8

3-6

1-7

2

2

3

Reynolds

5

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

McGee

15

1-3

0-0

2-3

0

0

2

Harvey-Carr

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

200

24-60

12-17

12-32

19

15

74

Percentages: FG .400, FT .706.

3-Point Goals: 14-33, .424 (Rogowski 6-12, Podkowa 4-4, Hrynko 4-7, Reynolds 0-1, Jenkins 0-3, January 0-6).

Team Rebounds: 0.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Podkowa 3, Penny, Rogowski).

Turnovers: 15 (Jenkins 4, Hrynko 3, Podkowa 2, McGee 2, Penny, January, Rogowski).

Steals: 12 (January 3, Rogowski 3, Penny 2, Jenkins 2, Podkowa, McGee).

Technical Fouls: None.

 

FG

FT

Reb

DUKE

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Liston

39

5-13

1-2

2-7

2

2

11

Peters

37

5-9

0-1

1-6

2

1

11

Williams

37

5-14

2-4

5-10

2

3

12

Johnson

32

4-8

2-4

2-5

2

3

11

Jackson

27

3-6

1-4

1-5

1

1

7

McCravey-Cooper

10

1-3

1-2

2-4

1

2

3

Chidom

17

4-5

2-2

1-2

1

2

10

Henson

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

200

27-58

9-19

17-43

11

15

65

Percentages: FG .466, FT .474.

3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Johnson 1-1, Peters 1-2, Liston 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 8 (Williams 7, Chidom).

Turnovers: 21 (Liston 6, Johnson 6, Jackson 4, Williams 3, Henson, Chidom).

Steals: 9 (Jackson 3, Williams 2, Johnson 2, Liston, Peters).

Technical Fouls: None.

DePaul

27

47—74

Duke

24

41—65

A_2,787.

Officials_Denise Kantner, Joe Cunningham, Frank Steratore.