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April 6, 2014

Penny finishes up outstanding basketball career DePaul

Penny finishes up outstanding basketball career DePaul

Jasmine Penny made the most of her opportunity of playing big-time college basketball at DePaul University.

The Logansport product capped off her career by unanimously making first-team All-Big East her senior season.

The Blue Demons went 29-7 this season, tying a school record for wins. They won Big East regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history. They were ranked No. 21 in the nation in the final regular-season poll and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive year and made the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history.

“I thought it was a great season,” Penny said. “It was so fun this year.

“In the preseason we made it our goal to win the Big East Tournament as well as the regular season. It was fun to accomplish our goals.”

Penny, a 6-foot-1 forward, led the Blue Demons in scoring this year at 15.8 points per game. She added 5.3 rebounds per contest and shot 58 percent from the field.

She finished her career with 1,417 points, good for 17th all-time at DePaul. She finished fifth all-time at DePaul in field goal percentage at 54.4.

“Jasmine is one of the most special players I’ve ever been blessed to coach,” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno, who completed his 28th year at the school and had the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena named after him in 2011.

“She comes to work every day and just always does what she’s supposed to do. She works hard in practice and works hard in the classroom. She’s totally a throwback which is such a good, positive attribute. She’s a great young woman to coach.”

The No. 7 seed Blue Demons opened the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 104-100 win over Oklahoma that was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament. They then upset No. 2 seed Duke 74-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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