Big year for DePaul keeps getting better

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 2:23 am •  Published: March 25, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — For DePaul, a great season just keeps getting better.

The Blue Demons have run off a long winning streak. They've won their first Big East title. They've put their names in the NCAA tournament record book.

And now they've come into Cameron and taken down Duke.

DePaul reached the NCAA tournament's third weekend for just the third time in school history, getting there by upsetting Duke 74-65 on Monday night.

"It has to absolutely be the biggest win for this group of young women this season," coach Doug Bruno said.

If they keep it up, they'll almost certainly earn a rematch with an old Big East rival — No. 1 overall seed Connecticut.

Next up is the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals. UConn is in the other half of the bracket.

DePaul hit a season-high 14 3-pointers — and seven came immediately after Duke field goals.

"We have the greenish green light," guard Brittany Hrynko said. "He doesn't mind us taking 3s. He said as long as we take them, we have to defend and rebound."

Megan Rogowski scored 22 points with six 3s, Megan Podkowa added 18 points and Hrynko had 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6), who have won 18 of 19.

They forced second-seeded but injury-depleted Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and blocked seven shots. Seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.

The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.

"They were on top of our ball handlers, and we didn't handle it very well," Peters said. "We just got a little bit rattled, I think, by how aggressive and how much pressure they put on us."

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