STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Some quick thoughts on DePaul's 75-73 win over Penn State on Monday to reach the Sweet 16.
Turning point: You didn't need to watch the first 39:55 of the game to see it. With the score tied and the clock ticking less than five seconds, Keisha Hampton rose for a 3-pointer, only to have her arm hit by Penn State's Alex Bentley. The fans in the Bryce Jordan Center clearly didn't like the call, but it was hard to argue with the contact.
Turning point 2: After Maggie Lucas made an off-balance shot with less than a minute to play and the shot clock expiring to give Penn State a lead, DePaul's China Threatt calmly took just her fourth attempt of the game and drained it from the baseline to tie the score at 73 and set up Hampton's eventual heroics.
Key stat: 16 and 8. Those are DePaul's missed 3-pointers in the first half and missed free throws in the second half, respectively. Penn State earned its chance to play for a win in the closing seconds, but DePaul also aided the cause by some uncharacteristically poor shooting from open looks on both lines.
Key player: DePaul's Hampton. It's the obvious choice, given her game-winning free throws, but Hampton was vital throughout DePaul's slow, gradual second-half comeback. She had seven points and no 3-pointers at halftime but finished with 26 points and three 3-pointers. Give the silver medal to Felicia Chester, who anchored the comeback by establishing herself in the post with 10 second-half points.
What's next: DePaul advances to face Duke in the Sweet 16 on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Blue Demons are 0-1 all time against No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament and last advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006. DePaul is 1-1 all time against Duke but hasn't faced the Blue Devils since the 1996-97 season.