DePaul women too much for Duke in NCAA basketball tournament

CorrespondentMarch 24, 2014 

  • NCAA Second Round

    Stanford Regional

    No. 4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (25-9)

    vs. No. 5 seed Michigan State (23-9)

    7 p.m., Carmichael Arena

    All-time series: UNC leads 3-1.

    Last meeting: Michigan State 72, UNC 66, Dec. 3, 2009 in East Lansing, Mich.

    Coaches: UNC – Sylvia Hatchell (933-330 in 39th season, 660-250 in 28th season at UNC; Andrew Calder serving as interim coach during Hatchell illness); Michigan State – Suzy Marchant (364-191 in 19th season, 163-71 in seventh season at Michgan State).

    Leading scorers: No. 12-ranked UNC – 6-foot-1 Fr. G Diamond DeShields (17.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-0 Fr. G Allisha Gray (14.2, 5.4), 6-2 So. F Xylina McDaniel (11.9, 5.8), 6-3 Fr. F Stephanie Mavunga (10.9, 8.4); No. 20-ranked Michigan State – 6-0 Fr. G Aerial Powers (13.8, 8.3), 6-3 Sr. F Annalise Pickrel (12.6, 6.9), 5-8 Fr. G Tori Jankoska (12.3, 3.1), 6-4 Jr. F Becca Mills (10.2, 5.5).

    Next round: Winner will play the survivor of Tuesday’s later game between South Carolina and Oregon State, Sunday at Stanford.

    Tickets: $18, $13 students.

    TV: ESPN2.

    Radio: WCHL 1360, WCHL-FM 97.9.

— Duke’s seniors might have deserved to end their careers on a higher note, but DePaul just wasn’t going to let it happen Monday night.

Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and led four Blue Demons in double figures as they used a 3-point shooting barrage to shock Duke 74-65 in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The defeat ended a string of four straight seasons in which Duke (28-7) had won at least three games in the NCAA tournament, and it ended a 19-game home winning streak in NCAA tournament games.

DePaul (29-6) advanced to the region semifinals against either Texas A&M or James Madison on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

Megan Podkowa added 18 points, Brittany Hrynko 14 and Jasmine Penny 11 for Big East champion and No. 23-ranked DePaul, which has won nine straight games.

No. 9-ranked Duke got 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots from Elizabeth Williams. Tricia Liston and Haley Peters each added 11 points in their final college game, Ka’lia Johnson also had 11 and Oderah Chidom 10.

“DePaul is a super team and they shot really well from the 3-point line, especially in the second half,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said at a tearful news conference. “They’re very, very good.

“I’m proud of our team’s effort and fight and resolve. I know there are things we wanted to do better in this game that we didn’t do as well. Seventy-four points were a little too much for us to give up, but I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team and how proud I am of the seniors in particular. ”

DePaul hit 14 of 33 3-point attempts to 2-for-6 for Duke, which outshot the Blue Demons 46.6 percent to 40 percent from the floor and outrebounded the visitors 43-32. DePaul committed 15 turnovers to Duke’s 21.

“The NCAA tournament is a great tournament because of the players,” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno, who was an assistant at Loyola when Liston’s father Brian played for the Ramblers. “We’re here (as winners) because the players I’m blessed to coach did a great job all year and specifically tonight.

“I was impressed with what our players did the other day against Oklahoma (in Saturday’s 104-100 win) to get us here, and what they did tonight. Duke is a very, very talented basketball team.”

DePaul led 27-24 at halftime before Duke rallied to take a 28-27 lead on a Jackson follow with 18 minutes, 11 seconds left. The Blue Demons went on an 8-0 run – all by Podkowa – and Duke’s closest approach after that was 49-46 on a Chidom jumper at 7:00.

“The (DePaul) 3-pointers were definitely frustrating,” junior center Williams said. “But it’s not like I don’t take responsibility as well, especially if we’re playing zone defense. I think we needed to do a better job of making in-game adjustments and closing out harder on the shooters.”

Peters said the Blue Demons’ overall defense definitely made a difference.

“They were really on top of our ball-handlers and we didn’t handle it very well,” Peters said. “I don’t know that it was the 3-point line per se – we just got a little bit rattled with how aggressive they were and how much pressure they put on us. We didn’t execute very well.”

Liston also said DePaul’s defense did a superb job.

“They sped us up and did a good job of getting the ball out of my hands, and then when we got to halfcourt (they were) doing things with the double and swarming us a little bit,” Liston said. “They made us play faster than we should have played.

“We knew they were a great shooting team, and they shot extremely well tonight.”

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