Blue Demons edge by Eagles

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ST. THOMAS - The DePaul University women's basketball team held off a tough Florida Gulf Coast team for a 60-58 win in Paradise Jam on Thanksgiving Day at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.

The Eagles made the game uncomfortable for the Blue Demons, who led for the majority of the game. Three players in double figures kept DePaul on track, and FGCU was unable to keep up in transition as the Blue Demons scored 21 points off fast breaks.

"It's a really hard team to play, and they put you in a position where you have to come over the top," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "You have to make jump shots, and when you're making jump shots, you look like a world beater and we were making jump shots early."

DePaul sophomore guard Brittany Hrynko led the Demons with 18 points. Hrynko missed the front end of two one-and-one bonus shots in the final two minutes, but kept DePaul in a position to win with her control in transition.

"When I saw the opening, I just thought I would take it, or if I drive and they collapse, just hit the open man," Hrynko said. "Mentally, just knowing when I was open or not."

FGCU senior guard Betsy Adams scored a game-high 21 points, but went cold in the second half. Adams hit five 3-pointers in the first half to help erase a 12-point deficit, and FGCU entered the half down, 35-34. Three of her 3-pointers came against the DePaul zone.

"We didn't play zone in again," Bruno said. "She shot us out of it."

DePaul senior center Katherine Harry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior forward Jasmine Penny and freshman Chanise Jenkins joined Hrynko in double-figure scoring with 11 and 12, respectively. Junior guard Sarah Hansen scored 11 points and led the Eagles with 10 rebounds.

DePaul plays Hampton at 2:15 p.m. today, and FGCU plays South Carolina at 4:30 p.m.

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