DePaul women’s basketball tops Duke 74-65 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament

DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Demons are headed back to the Sweet Sixteen.

Megan Rogowski scored 22 points, Megan Rogowski added 18 and Brittany Hrynko had 11 as DePaul women’s basketball topped the Duke Blue Devils 74-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

This is the first time DePaul has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

DePaul got off to a strong start, opening the game 10-4 due to a pair of Hrynko 3-pointers. DePaul’s pressure forced eight turnovers in the first minutes and the Blue Demons led by 13, 25-12, with 6:31 to go in the half.

Duke cut DePaul’s lead and went on a 12-2 run to end the half. Duke forward Elizabeth Williams led the Blue Devils with 12 points and 10 rebounds. DePaul went into halftime with a 27-24 lead.

In the second half, DePaul re-found their 3-point shot.  The Blue Demons shot 56 percent (9-16) from 3-point range in the half and shot 42 percent in the game (14-33).

Rogowski hit a 3-pointer to extend DePaul’s lead to nine, 57-48, with 5:20 left and DePaul kept the lead down the stretch.

DePaul held Duke leading scorer Tricia Liston to just 11 points (5-13 FG).                 

The Blue Demons will next play in Lincoln, NE. against the winner of Texas A&M and James Madison on March 29.