Cold-shooting DePaul women lose 84-65 to Texas A&M

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — DePaul knew Texas A&M would clamp down on its outside shooting. It turns out that was just one problem for the Blue Demons on Saturday night.

Jasmine Penny had 16 of her 24 points in the second half, but DePaul struggled on offense in an 84-65 loss to Texas A&M in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament.

"We had some good shots early, and we missed them. There were some pretty good bunnies we left out there," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "Toughness is getting to the rack and finishing. We weren't a well-finishing team. We had our opportunities."

DePaul shot 28 percent from the field in the first half, going 2 for 11 from 3-point range. The Blue Demons improved to 51.5 percent in the second half, but they were unable to catch the Aggies.

The Blue Demons (29-7) were in the tournament for the 12th straight year and in the Sweet 16 for the third time. They had beaten Oklahoma 104-100 and second-seeded Duke 74-65 in the first two rounds and came to Lincoln averaging 84 points for the season. Their 65 points matched their season low.

DePaul, which shot 45 percent while making a combined 25 3-pointers in its first two tournament games, was 4 of 20 from long distance against an opponent that ranks among the best in the nation in 3-point defense.

"They took away our jump shots. They get into you," DePaul guard Megan Rogowski said. "It was hard to get jump shots. We needed to drive the ball more. You saw that in the second half when we made a run. But it was too late."

Courtney Walker scored 25 points for the Aggies (27-8), who will face defending national champion Connecticut on Monday night.