Logansport High School product Jasmine Penny recorded the first double-double of her college career to lead the No. 25-ranked DePaul women’s basketball past visiting Illinois State 80-67 on Monday.
Penny, a senior forward, made 8 of 12 shots from the field en route to a game-high 21 points and she also had 10 rebounds.
DePaul improved to 3-0 overall.
Three other Blue Demons joined Penny in double figures. Junior guard Brittany Hrynko scored 16 points to go with eight assists and freshmen Brandi Harvey-Carr (14 points) and Jessica January (12 points) went for career-highs off the bench.
DePaul led by just four at halftime, but followed with a 6-0 run at the start of the second half for a 10-point lead.
Leading 51-42 four minutes later, DePaul launched an 8-0 run capped by a Harvey-Carr bucket that gave the Blue Demons their biggest lead of the game at 59-42. The Redbirds would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as Penny put the game away with four straight points.
Next up for the Blue Demons is a meeting with Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in South Bend.
NO. 1 MICHIGAN STATE 82, PORTLAND 67
Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat visiting Portland 82-67 in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years.
The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.
Travis Trice’s 3-pointer broke a tie with 12:26 left and he followed that up seconds later with a steal and layup. Gary Harris made a 3-pionter — the team’s 11th from behind the arc — midway through the second half that put Michigan State ahead by 10 points for the first time.
No. 6 DUKE 91, UNC ASHEVILLE 55
Jabari Parker had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Rodney Hood had 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Duke in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.