(23) DePaul 71

(16-6, 4-4 Big East)

Seton Hall 59

(7-15, 0-8 Big East)

    2:00 PM ET, January 28, 2012

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    #23DEP 27 4471
    HALL 21 3859

    Top Performers

    Depaul: J. Penny 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Seton Hall: T. Green 21 Pts, 2 Reb

    DePaul tops Seton Hall to avoid worst skid since 2003-04

    Associated Press

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Riding a three-game losing streak and facing the prospect of upcoming games with highly ranked Louisville and Notre Dame, injury-ravaged DePaul (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) treated struggling Seton Hall as a must-win.

    The Blue Demons got it, barely.

    Jasmine Penny scored 19 points and DePaul avoided its longest losing streak since 2003-04 by holding off Seton Hall 71-59 Saturday, despite a career-best 21 points by the Pirates' Terry Green.

    "We've had a rough past three weeks so we came into this game just trying to get the wins we can get," said DePaul junior guard Anna Martin, who added 18 points.

    Katherine Harry had 13 points and 13 rebounds and freshman guard Brittany Hrynko hit two long 3-pointers late and also finished with 13 points as the Blue Demons (16-6, 4-4 Big East) snapped a three-game slide and handed Seton Hall (7-15, 0-8) its 10th straight loss.

    The losing streak matched DePaul's longest since 2007-08, while the Pirates' slide ties their longest since the end of the 07-08 season.

    "This is a good group of players," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "What DePaul does is usually beat the teams it's supposed to beat and then take a few shots at some people we're not supposed to beat. We really think we should be sitting here now at 19-3. We think we've given some away. But Seton Hall was a game we had to win, because we are looking at Louisville on Tuesday and Notre Dame the following Sunday."

    Two of the losses in the current slide were to No. 3 Connecticut and then-No. 11 Rutgers, a game in which DePaul blew a 16-point lead with 10 minutes to play.

    "This was a very hard and emotional game at the end of three games like that," Bruno said. "So for these guys to come out here and have the resolve is great."

    DePaul nearly gave this one away. It built a 13-point lead early in the second half, only to see the Pirates cut the deficit to 52-51 on a layup by Jasmine Crew with 7:06 to play.

    Martin missed two shots at the other end before Megan Rogowski was fouled and missed the front end of a 1-and-1 chance. The ball took a high carom and Harry got the rebound and scored for a 54-51 lead. After Alexis Brown missed two shots at the other end, Hrynko sandwiched her two long 3-pointers around one by Green for a 60-54 lead.

    Green's final 3-pointer got Seton Hall within 62-57 but the Blue Demons finished the game with a 9-2 run.

    "Over the last few weeks, Providence, South Florida, Rutgers, we've played well in the second half and kind of let up. When they started coming back I think a few of us were getting that feeling: 'Oh, no, here we go again.' But we really toughed it out and a lot of my teammates stepped up."

    Green scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half for the Pirates, who have lost 21 straight conference games at home.

    "With each game, I think I said three games ago, we're right on the cusp," said Seton Hall assistant coach Catherine Proto, who filled in for Anne Donovan at the postgame news conference with the coach feeling ill. "We just need to step over the line. I think once we do, good things will happen with this team. We're 38 minutes, 36 minutes. We need to play the whole 40 minutes and we'll definitely get over that hump."

    Green was the difference for the Pirates in the second half. She hit all seven of the 3-pointers in the game, with six coming on the second half. The seven 3-pointers tied a school record set by Debbie Hartnett against Hofstra on Dec. 7, 1988. Green is also only the second Big East players to shoot a perfect 7-for-7 from long range in a game, joining Alicia Ratay of Notre Dame, who did it against Rutgers on Feb. 19, 2000.

    "If I don't shoot, I'm looking at (sitting) next to Coach Proto," said Green, whose previous career high was 17 against Drexel in December. "I was feeling it and my team needed a lift and that's what Coach wants me to do when I come off the bench."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 59
    FG Made-Attempted 25-57 (.439) 24-67 (.358)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 9-17 (.529)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-20 (.800) 2-3 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 7 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 5

    Game Leaders

    PointsJ. Penny 19T. Green 21
    ReboundsK. Harry 13T. Ashmeade 11
    AssistsB. Hrynko 8B. Morris 4
    StealsA. Martin 4J. Johnson 2
    BlocksK. Harry 1A. Maseko 1

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