Balanced Attack Helps DePaul Douse Flames

CHICAGO- The DePaul women's basketball team is ranked eighth in the country in academics. And while some of their players finish up final exams this Wednesday, the team used the group study method Tuesday night against the UIC Flames.

DePaul (4-1) placed four players in double-figures in beating the Flames 87-66 at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night.

Keisha Hampton and Felicia Chester combined for 21 first half points and Katherine Harry, Anna Martin and Taylor Pikes teamed up for 28 second half points.

Hampton, named to this week's Big East Honor Roll, continued her first half dominance this year scoring 11 of her team's first 15 points.

With six lead changes and seven ties, it was not until Martin's three pointer (15 points and seven assists) with 3:27 left in the first half that DePaul had some breathing room at 34-25. Neither team scored for the next three minutes, and it was Chester's lay up with under ten seconds left that put the Blue Demons up 37-27 at the break.

"I am proud of the way Anna Martin bounced back," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "I was not pleased with the decision making that went on Sunday [against Purdue]. I thought she did a much better job of picking her spots."

DePaul, having played two road games this past week including a 67-58 loss to Purdue on Sunday in the WNIT championship game, bounced back as a team in the second half.

"I thought we had some execution in the second half that was the kind of execution you could actually get done in practice [something we have not had much of]," Bruno said. "I started to see some synapses and some connections from what we are trying to do."

A three point play by the Flames' Katie Hannemann cut DePaul's lead to 44-39, but Hampton connected on DePaul's next six points and the Blue Demons led 55-41 at the 12:13 mark.

It was then Harry's turn as she scored the Blue Demons' next six points to push the lead to 67-41. The sophomore finished with 12 points in 18 minutes of play.

"Katherine played in the second half like we expect her to play every night," Bruno said. "It was great to see her get her rhythm back."

A three pointer by Pikes boosted the lead to 73-49 with 6:56 left to play.

The Flames (2-2) had been outrebounding their opponents 48.0 to 39.7, but DePaul captured the edge on the glass at 36-35.

UIC is third in the Horizon League in three point defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to .246%. DePaul more than doubled that number tonight, shooting 50% from behind the arc (9-18).

Hampton finished with a game high 21 points. Chester scored 13 points and grabbed eight boards. Pikes finished with nine points.

Brianna Hinkle led the Flames with 15 points.

DePaul hosts the Maggie Dixon Classic this weekend. Play gets underway on Doug Bruno Court this Friday with Cal-Riverside playing Morgan State at 5:00 p.m. CST and DePaul tangling with Northwestern State at 7:00 p.m. The consolation game is Saturday at 5:00 p.m. with the title game set for 7:00 p.m.

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