DePaul Splits Exhibition Doubleheader

The DePaul men's and women's basketball teams split in their final exhibition games at McGrath Arena on Sunday. While the DePaul women emerged victorious over Illinois Wesleyan, Lewis University had a surprise in store for the men's program.

Lewis Takes a Bite out of DePaul

By Steve Newhouse

The Lewis Flyers came into McGrath Arena on Sunday looking to pull off an upset of DePaul. The Flyers reached their goal in a 70-68 exhibition win over the Blue Demons.

"I thought this was a really good test for us, obviously Lewis gave us all we wanted," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "I've got a lot of respect for how hard they played. I thought they certainly deserved to win. I thought we got away from doing some things we like to do. You have to play DePaul basketball for 35 or 40 minutes and we didn't do that."

Three familiar problems from last season returned to bite the Blue Demons in this one – perimeter defense, execution in the halfcourt on offense, and free throw shooting.

DePaul allowed Lewis to shoot 44.4% from beyond the arc. That is something they will obviously have to work on.

The Demons went 15 of 26 from the charity stripe tonight which didn't help their cause tonight either.

"We didn't shoot the ball from the free throw line, so consequently we came up a little short," said Purnell.

If you're looking for a silver lining, well DePaul did manage to have five players finish in double-figures.

Senior Mike Stovall led the Demons with 13 points, but was four of 12 from the field. With eight seconds to go in the game, Stovall had an opportunity to win the game but his three point shot rimmed out.

Junior center Krys Faber scored 11 points and corralled five rebounds. Tony Freeland contributed with 11 points and five rebounds of his own. Jeremiah Kelly and Brandon Young chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Lewis' Chris McClellan led all scorers with 17 points and was four of five from three-point territory. Dennis Thomas contributed with 14 points for the Flyers.

The Blue Demons will open the regular season next Sunday at McGrath Arena versus Chicago State.

Pikes is Peak, DePaul Women Top IL Wesleyan

By Jim Niendorff

CHICAGO- DePaul's Taylor Pikes lit up Paris, France, over the summer and she helped supply the electricity at McGrath Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Pikes notched her first collegiate double-double during DePaul's summer trip to France, and her 12 points and five steals helped the Blue Demons defeat Illinois Wesleyan 72-57 in exhibition play.

"Taylor had a nice liveliness to her, and I thought she played with some great energy," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said.

Pikes' energy was needed in a first half defensive struggle that saw the teams combine for 26 turnovers and 16 steals. Her steal and layup gave DePaul a 24-16 lead with 5:02 left.

With just over one minute left DePaul stretched its lead to 34-25 on a three-point play by Maureen Mulchrone off an assist from China Threatt.

Illinois Wesleyan, 28-2 last year and ranked #3 in the country in this year's pre-season Division III poll, finished strong and a three-pointer by Melissa Gardner with eight seconds to play helped the Titans close to 34-30 at the intermission.

Pikes' fast break lay up followed by her layup from a beautiful wrap around pass from Sam Quigley gave DePaul its biggest lead at 56-40 with 8:34 left to play.

"I knew the last game I did not come out focused and ready to play, so I knew I had something to prove in today's game," Pikes said. "I knew I had to have high energy and get in the passing lanes."

DePaul overcame shooting 0-22 from behind the line by dominating the Titans 48-12 in the paint.

Keisha Hampton scored 12 points and had seven assists for DePaul.

The Titans were led by Olivia Lett's 16 points.

DePaul opens its season by hosting Valparaiso in the pre-season WNIT tournament this Friday at 7:00 CST on Doug Bruno Court at McGrath Arena.


- The Blue Demons gave Bruno the win on his 60th birthday today

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