March 6, 2014

Logan's Penny named All-Big East


---- — Logan’s Penny named All-Big East

CHICAGO — DePaul senior forward Jasmine Penny has been named to the All-Big East in women’s basketball.

Penny was a unanimous first-team selection along with junior teammate Brittany Hrynko.

Penny leads the Blue Demons in scoring at 15.7 ppg and is second in rebounding at 5.4 per contest. She led the Big East in field goal percentage (57.1 percent) the entire season.

The senior from Logansport started the Big East Conference season by scoring 20 or more points in five consecutive games. Penny finished 14 of DePaul’s 18 league games in double figures and eclipsed the 20-point more in eight of those games. The senior leads DePaul in offensive rebounds with 73 and with 24 blocks.

DePaul won the Big East regular-season title.

“It’s really exciting being the first DePaul team to win a Big East title,” Penny said after Tuesday’s win over Georgetown. “This was one of the goals we had set at the beginning of the season. It was great to play on a team that worked so hard to accomplish that goal.

“Having my family here for senior night meant a lot to me. I was really happy my mom came to see me. I can’t believe this is my last game in this arena.”

DePaul coach Doug Bruno was named Big East Coach of the Year. Bruno led the Blue Demons to a 24-6 record and his team finished with a 15-3 conference mark. DePaul concluded the regular season by winning 13 of its last 14 games and moved into the national polls in the No. 25 position earlier this week.

Bruno commented on Penny. “When Jas came here, she was kind of quiet,” Bruno said. “As her career progressed, she started showing signs of being a player. When Keisha Hampton went down with an injury, Jas had to step up and become Keisha. Jas and Rogo were a part of that `Magnificent Seven’ that stepped up and won 23 games.”

Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning was named the Big East Player of the Year.

The Blue Demons open the Big East Tournament on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST against either Xavier or Georgetown. The tournament’s quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be played at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The first round games on Saturday will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena which is located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.

Jefferson leads Bobcats past Pacers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson had a pretty good inkling it was Charlotte’s night when he banked in a 31-footer from well beyond the top of the key to beat the shot clock midway through the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t call the bank, but I trusted my right hand,” Jefferson said with a laugh.

Jefferson scored 34 points and the Bobcats stunned NBA-leading Indiana 109-87 Wednesday night, handing the Pacers just their second two-game skid of the season. Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who won their fifth straight at home to equal their combined win total from the previous two seasons.

“I’m not accepting that we’re a team that guys look at on the schedule anymore and say, ‘OK, we have the Bobcats (so) we can take the night off.’” Jefferson said.

Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his last 24 games.

“I think everybody needs to question the Eastern Conference voting on why Al Jefferson wasn’t on the All-Star team because clearly he is one of the best in the game,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He showed it tonight. Give him credit.”

Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Evan Turner had 22 points for the Pacers (46-15), who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season.