ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Brittany Hrynko scored 15 points and Megan Rogowski added 14 on Tuesday and No. 23 DePaul beat St. John’s 65-57 to capture its first Big East women’s tournament championship.
Megan Podkowa had 12 points and Jasmine Penny added 11 as the host Blue Demons (27-6) won their seventh straight and earned the league’s automatic NCAA tournament berth.
Aliyyah Handford scored 13 points and Briana Brown added 12 for the Red Storm (22-10), making their first Big East title game appearance since 1988.
DePaul trailed in the second half after taking a 30-29 lead into halftime.
It was the first women’s championship game for the realigned Big East since powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame departed last year for the American Athletic and Atlantic Coast conferences, respectively.
The championship tournament was also held for the first time in Chicago after Connecticut hosted the past 10 years.
DePaul also finished atop the regular season standings for the first time since joining in 2005-06.
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