DePaul (5-1) got 53 points from its starters and 40 points from its bench as the Blue Demons beat Northwestern State 93-56 to advance to the championship game in the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Starter Anna Martin poured in a game high 21 points and Taylor Pikes scored 17 points off the bench in the first half to help DePaul put this game out of reach.
"We got great bench play tonight and that is kind of what I envisioned this team to be," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "It is still very much a work in progress, but I thought the players were ready to play and I thought they did a good job top to bottom."
DePaul, leading 15-14 at the 13:02 mark, went on a 21-0 run that included two jumpers by Martin and eight points by Pikes. The Blue Demons led by 40 with 6:12 left in the contest.
"Coming in we knew we had to have great energy because we had yesterday off," Pikes said. "So when the game started everybody had energy, and when my name was called I knew I could add to that. In the locker room we said the bench had to give us a lift so that was my intention going into the game."
Pikes shot 6-6 from the field, including 2-2 from behind the arc, in the first half. She finished with 19 points, three steals and five boards.
Martin, known primarily last year for her three point prowess, scored on a variety of threes, mid range jumpers, and drives.
"I am just trying to improve and get better every game and that is my goal for the season," Martin said.
Katherine Harry added 12 points and Felicia Chester notched 10 points for DePaul as the Blue Demons shot 58.3% from the field. China Threatt's pull up jumper with 2:14 left ensured that all players who dressed for the Blue Demons got into the scoring column.
Ronnika Drake led the Lady Demons (2-3) with 13 points.
DePaul plays Cal-Riverside in the championship game Saturday night at 7:00 CST. Riverside defeated Morgan State 60-44 in the opening match up Friday night.
- Pikes' 6-6 shooting from the field ties her with Sarah Kustok and Ciara Johnson for ninth place on DePaul's all-time single game field goal percentage list.
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