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March 25, 2014

DePaul women going to Sweet 16

Penny nets 11 points for Blue Demons.

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Logansport’s Jasmine Penny added 11 points for DePaul. The Big East champs were coming off a 104-100 win over Oklahoma in the first round, the highest-scoring regulation game in tournament history.

They joined Connecticut, Notre Dame and North Carolina as teams to come into Cameron this year and beat the Blue Devils.

They won this one with defense, using relentless pressure to suffocate a Blue Devils team with no healthy point guards after season-ending knee injuries to senior Chelsea Gray and sophomore Alexis Jones.

“It takes a lot of energy and effort for those players to commit themselves to defend over 94 feet,” Bruno said. “They had the strength inside, and we had the strength with our quickness, and that’s what a pressure package is all about.”

Ka’lia Johnson scored 11 points and Oderah Chidom added 10 for Duke, which lost an NCAA tournament game at Cameron for the first time since 1996 and was denied its 17th regional semifinal berth in 18 years.

Duke had one last chance to make things interesting after Liston hit a layup after a steal to make it 67-60 with 1:45 left and Hrynko missed the front end of a one-and-one.

But Penny blocked Liston’s layup, and after the teams traded turnovers, DePaul bled the clock before Duke fouled Jessica January with 1:09 left and she hit a free throw.

Liston’s 3 went in and out, and Rogowski hit two free throws with 42.1 seconds left to push the lead back to 10.

Oklahoma State 73, Purdue 66

Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds, leading Oklahoma State past Purdue 73-66 at Mackey Arena and into the Notre Dame Regional semifinals.

The Cowgirls (25-8) won their second straight, ending a 15-game stretch in which they had alternated wins and losses. It’s the first time since 2008 and the third time Oklahoma State has ever reached the NCAA’s Sweet 16. It will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

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