Friday, January 8, 2016

DePaul uses third quarter run to knock off Georgetown

                                    Photo Credit: Geno Green

On a rainy, Friday night on the North Side of Chicago, the Georgetown Hoyas (9-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) and the No. 24 DePaul Blue Demons (12-5, 4-0 BIG EAST) played the first 21:31 of the game in nip/tuck fashion.

A 14-0 DePaul third quarter run in a 6:22 stretch gave way to a 75-53 win over Georgetown, Friday Night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Blue Demons center Megan Podkowa dominated in the interior with a game-high 20 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, to go along with six assists and rebounds each.

Podkowa recognized the importance of the third quarter run, which gave DePaul enough breathing room.

"We came out of halftime and together, knew we needed to play better and finish," Podkowa said. "I thought Jess did a really good job in front of the press, putting her hands on everything and her energy helped turn things around."

Jessica January's energy helped string together her second straight double-double, with a game-high 11 rebounds and 11 points, on 5-of-8 from the field.

January deferred and gave credit to her teammates for the overall performance.

"We have such good players and so every night, the other team has to focus on everyone," January said. "It doesn't matter who is doing it because everyone is fulfilling their roles."

In a losing effort, Georgetown's Logan Battle finished with team highs in points (13) and rebounds (7).

Game Recap:

Georgetown set the pace and tempo early, shooting 5-of-6 from the field in the first 2:55 of the game.

Bruno called for a timeout and allowed the Blue Demons to re-group and go on an 11-2 run with Podkowa scoring nine in a 2:05 stretch to go ahead of the Hoyas, 15-13.

Both teams would trade leads as Battle's two free throws would even Georgetown and DePaul at 20 after the end of the first quarter.

Podkowa capped a DePaul 10-2 run to start the second quarter with a runaway layup off a turnover as all of the Hoya defenders were on the other side of the court and watched. 

DePaul would retain the lead for the remainder of the half, but a Georgetown 7-1 run closed the lead to 34-33 after 20 minutes.

After Dominique Vitalis's jumper to tie the game at 36, DePaul countered with14 straight points and Georgetown would get no closer as the home crowd left with its second straight home win.

Looking Ahead:

Both teams return to action on Jan. 10, as DePaul will look to build on its four-game winning streak as Villanova comes calling for a 3 p.m. matinee on the CBS Sports Network.

Georgetown travels to Milwaukee, WI., to take on Marquette for an 11 a.m. tip on the BIG EAST Digital Network and Fox Sports Go.

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