But OU didn’t wilt. The Sooners battled back to tie the game 95-all on Ellenberg’s three free throws at the 1:20 mark.
“She (Ellenberg) played possessed,” Coale said. “Every phase of her game was engaged tonight. As a senior, that’s how you want to go out.”
Hrynko put DePaul back ahead before Portia Durrett (11 points) gave OU its last tie of the game. With 39.3 seconds left, Hrynko found a wide open Rogowski, who nailed the trey for a 100-97 score.
An OU turnover gave the ball back to DePaul, which made its free throws down the stretch.
Ellenberg, who hit a final 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left, took some solace from the loss.
“I gave it all I had for 40 minutes,” she said. “I have nothing to hang my head about.”
The Sooners opened the game with a red-hot hand – hitting four 3-pointers in the first five minuteso lead 14-12. After four lead changes, DePaul extended its pressure defense to full court and began to take charge.
Rogowski scored seven points in a 13-5 Blue Demon run that gave DePaul its biggest lead of 33-25 with six minutes left.
Durrett’s basket cut it to six, but DePaul outscored OU 17-7 to end the half, including the final nine points, all on three-point plays.