DURHAM, N.C. — Brittany Hrynko had been DePaul’s top scorer and maybe its toughest competitor all season. The sophomore just couldn’t knock down a shot for the Blue Demons once they reached the NCAA tournament.
Hrynko went 2 for 17 from the floor, including a 1-for-11 performance from 3-point range, in DePaul’s 73-56 loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday in the first round of the Norfolk Region. Her struggles was the best example of DePaul’s miserable afternoon on offense, including an 81⁄2-minute scoring drought that made it a one-and-done showing in the Blue Demons’ 11th straight NCAA appearance.
The 5-foot-8 guard, who came in averaging about 15 points per game, finished with 11 and one assist against six turnovers.
“She’s been a really good, tough player for us,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. “When she’s not making shots, she needs to facilitate. That’s just one of those situations where you just have to find the open man.”
Hrynko came in shooting about 35 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range. It wasn’t the first time this year that she struggled with her shot — most notably she went 0 for 15 in a loss at Connecticut in February — but this was the worst possible time for it to resurface.
“She’s had great nights for us where she does score the ball,” Bruno said. “I just wish, 2 for 17 is a tough night.”
For Oklahoma State, Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half and finished with 13 rebounds.
Liz Donohoe added 14 points for the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (22-10), who blew nearly all of a 16-point lead before taking back control with a 13-0 run.
Oklahoma State shot 46 percent to earn its first tournament win in three years, sending the Cowgirls to Tuesday night’s second round to face No. 2 seed and site host Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium.