DePaul Sweeps Northwood in Exhibition Games

The DePaul men's and women's basketball teams swept Division II Northwood University in the exhibition openers for both teams. Both the men and the women eclipsed the century mark in their wins on Saturday night at McGrath Arena.

Five in Double-Figures Lead DePaul Men in Victory

By Steve Newhouse

DePaul opened the Oliver Purnell era by feasting on some Timberwolves. The Blue Demons were led by five players in double-figures en route to a 107-62 win over Northwood, a Division II program from Michigan.

The Blue Demons trailed the Timberwolves early, but managed to put together a 48-33 lead by halftime.

DePaul then blew things wide open by starting the second half on a 16-0 run and never looked back.

"One of the things I really liked was the second half," said Purnell. "We came out and played the right way after really talking about what could've been in the first half."

Freshman forward Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 19 points on nine of 11 shooting in his exhibition debut.

Purnell opted to start point guards Jeremiah Kelly and Brandon Young together in the backcourt which produced 17 points apiece for the duo. Kelly was a perfect four for four from behind the arc.

"(Kelly) has a lot of experience and he can really help Brandon who obviously doesn't have a lot of experience, but is a talented young man," said Purnell. "It seemed that they really helped each other."

Senior Mike Stovall contributed with 14 points, five assists and five steals. Devin Hill chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and two blocks.

Sophomore Tony Freeland led the Demons on the boards with nine rebounds.

DePaul fans got their first look at Purnell's full court pressure defense which produced 45 points off of 28 Northwood turnovers.

"That's our defensive style, scheme, and all that," Purnell said. "If you can turn them over and score off it, that's feasting."

Forward Bobby Lewis led the Timberwolves with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Notes:

- Future Blue Demons Macari Brooks (Rich South) and Jamie Crockett (Crete-Monee) were in attendance for tonight's game.

- Freshman walkon Edwind McGhee was on the bench in street clothes tonight.

- The DePaul men's soccer team secured a Big East Championship bid with a 2-0 win over Rutgers today.

DePaul Women Roll in Exhibition Opener

By Jim Niendorff

CHICAGO- The advertising jingle "miss a little and you miss a lot" found an unlikely sponsor in the DePaul women's basketball team Saturday night at McGrath Arena.

Fans who arrived late at McGrath missed the Blue Demon's Keisha Hampton's three pointer 15 seconds into the game, a bomb that started a blitzkrieg as DePaul beat the Northwood Timberwolves 112-52 in the exhibition opener for both teams.

"Hitting that first shot gave me a little confidence, but I think you come out in each game ready to play," Hampton said. She finished with a team high 23 points.

DePaul increased its lead to 20-3 lead on a Sam Quigley steal and lay up four minutes into the contest. The Blue Demons forced 21 turnovers and had 13 steals in first half while holding the Timberwolves to 18% shooting from the field.

"Our defense did a great job in the passing lanes and in denying the basketball," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said.

And equally impressive was the Blue Demons willingness to share the basketball. DePaul finished the game with 31 assists, eight by Sam Quigley and seven by China Threatt.

"We love to pass the ball and we try to make it a trademark of our program. I never ask our players to lead the nation in scoring, but I always ask them to try and lead the nation in assists," said Bruno.

Jen Juergens' three pointer with six seconds left in the half pushed DePaul's lead to 60-14.

DePaul received a strong inside effort from sophomore Katherine Harry (16 points and eight rebounds). Harry already seems quite a bit more comfortable offensively than she did last year, something she attributes to both the team's summer trip to France and to fellow post player, senior Felicia Chester.

"We had the games in France and I think that boosted my confidence. Also, playing with (Felicia) day in and day out, she really works me every day. I have gotten to grow and learn a lot from her."

DePaul placed all 12 active players in the scoring column for the game.

Pam Wilson led the Timberwolves with 27 points.

Notes:

- DePaul received votes in the pre-season AP poll

- Quigley moved into 5th place in DePaul career assists

- Doug Bruno Court will be formally dedicated on 11-7-10

- Northwood is a NCAA Division II program.


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