DURHAM — Dukes seniors might have deserved to end their careers on a higher note, but DePaul just wasnt 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 womens 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, Kalia 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. Theyre very, very good.
Im proud of our teams effort and fight and resolve. I know there are things we wanted to do better in this game that we didnt do as well. Seventy-four points were a little too much for us to give up, but I cant 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 Dukes 21.
The NCAA tournament is a great tournament because of the players, said DePaul coach Doug Bruno, who was an assistant at Loyola when Listons father Brian played for the Ramblers. Were here (as winners) because the players Im 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 Saturdays 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 Dukes 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 its not like I dont take responsibility as well, especially if were 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 didnt handle it very well, Peters said. I dont 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 didnt execute very well.
Liston also said DePauls 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.