DURHAM, N.C. – DePaul kept taking the ball from Duke with its intense press, and answering seemingly every big Blue Devils bucket with a three-pointer.
That energy and efficiency sent the Blue Demons into the second weekend of the NCAA women’s tournament.
DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the Lincoln Regional after making a season-high 14 three-pointers.
Seven of them came immediately after baskets by the Blue Devils.
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“We have the greenish green light,” guard Brittany Hrynko said. “He (coach Doug Bruno) doesn’t mind us taking threes. He said as long as we take them, we have to defend and rebound.”
Megan Rogowski scored 22 points with six threes, Megan Podkowa added 18 points and Hrynko had 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6).
“It has to absolutely be the biggest win for this group of young women this season,” Bruno said of a team that has won 18 of 19.
They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by making those threes and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.
Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and blocked seven shots for Duke (28-7), which led for 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.
The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.
“They were on top of our ballhandlers, and we didn’t handle it very well,” Duke senior Haley Peters said. “We just got a little bit rattled, I think, by how aggressive and how much pressure they put on us.”
Jasmine Penny added 11 points for DePaul.
The Big East champs were coming off a 104-100 victory over Oklahoma in the first round, the highest-scoring regulation game in tournament history.
Other Lincoln Regional game
BYU 80, Nebraska 76
Morgan Bailey tied her career high with 18 points, Jennifer Hamson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Cougars beat the Cornhuskers in Los Angeles, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.
Brigham Young became the third No. 12 seed in tournament history to reach the final 16.
Stanford 63, Florida St. 44
Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Cardinal broke open the game with a 30-2 run spanning the halves in a victory over the Seminoles in Ames, Iowa.
Stanford is in the Sweet 16 for the seventh year in a row and will next play on its home court.
Notre Dame Regional
Notre Dame 84, Arizona St. 67
Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the top-seeded Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half for a victory over the Sun Devils in Toledo, Ohio.
Notre Dame has won its last 15 games by double-digit margins.
Deja Mann scored 16 points for Arizona State.
Baylor 75, California 56
Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor advanced to its sixth consecutive Sweet 16, taking over in the second half for a victory over California in Waco, Texas.
Afure Jemerigbe had 17 points and Brittany Boyd scored 15 for Cal, which was a Final Four team last season.
Kentucky 64, Syracuse 59
Bria Goss scored 17 points and the third-seeded Wildcats held off the sixth-seeded Orange in Lexington, Ky.
Goss went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Oklahoma St. 73, Purdue 66
Brittney Martin collected 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Cowgirls past the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind.
Oklahoma State won its second straight, ending a 15-game stretch in which it had alternated wins and losses.
Tennessee 67, St. John’s 51
Cierra Burdick had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Vols, playing on their home court in Knoxville, defeated the Red Storm.