Women's Basketball Big East Game 14 Preview: vs DePaul (20-5, 11-2)

Brooklyn Pumroy can't turn the ball over seven times against DePaul like she did in their first encounter. - Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Is it Double DePaul Hate Week? Both the men and the women's hoops teams are squaring off with the Blue Demons this week.

When: Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm Central
Where: Al McGuire Center
Audio/Visual: It's a home game, so that means FREE streaming video! Live stats will be here.
Special Promotions: $2 Tuesday means general admission tickets and some concessions for just $2!
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

Terri Mitchell and her squad have five games left in the regular season. Four of them, including tonight, are against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. If Marquette has a trip to the NCAA tournament in mind, the path begins tonight against DePaul. It's likely that Marquette will have to win all five games to get that berth, but every journey begins etc., etc.

In the first game between these two teams, DePaul escaped with a six point win, 91-85. The Blue Demons led by as many as 19 midway through the second half, but a layup from Apiew Ojulu with 38 seconds left cut the lead to just five points. MU had their chances to force the issue in the closing seconds, but after a missed jumper from Ojulu and a missed three pointer from Ashley Santos, DePaul avoided throwing the game away.

The first DePaul game of the season was the game where Cristina Bigica had a career high 17 points in the first half alone before finishing with 19. Four different Golden Eagles scored in double digits in that game, but four Golden Eagles also had at least four turnovers, with Bigica (six) and Brooklyn Pumroy (seven) causing the most havoc to the Marquette offense.

Brittany Hrynko had a game high 20 points the first time around, and it should have been higher. Hrynko got to the free throw line 16 times, but only managed to have eight of her attempts find the bottom of the twine. I think it's safe to say that Hrynko is having a slightly disappointing season, as she was named the preseason Big East Player of the Year. She's only scoring 12.3 points per game, which is only 17th best in the conference, and only third best on her own team. Hrynko does have the Big East lead in assists per game at 5.6, just a shade higher than the 5.5 apg averaged by Seton Hall's Ka-Deidre Simmons.

DePaul's main weapon this season has been Jasmine Penny. I included her on my Player of the Year watch list a week ago, and for good reason. She leads the Blue Demons in scoring at 16.2 ppg, which is seventh best in the Big East, and she's still the best shooter in the league, connecting on 59% of her shots. She does a little bit of everything for DePaul, except shoot three pointers. The primary long range shooter in the Blue Demon lineup is Megan Rogowski, who connects on 44% of her three point attempts, the top mark in the entire conference. Rogowski earned a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll this week after going 7-9 from distance against Seton Hall on her way to 27 points in the game.

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