DePaul Sweeps Exhibition Doubleheader

The DePaul men's and women's basketball teams were both victorious in their exhibition games at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night.

Wheels Spin, DePaul Women Roll

By Jim Niendorff

DePaul coach Doug Bruno's philosophy towards playing time is that the players make him play them. His job in that respect did not get any easier after Saturday night's exhibition game against St. Xavier.

All 10 players who suited up for DePaul scored as the No. 19/18 Blue Demons defeated the Cougars 112-47 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in their final exhibition game.

Bruno, using his second different starting lineup in as many games, got 61 points from starters Keisha Hampton, Deanna Ortiz, Anna Martin, Jasmine Penny and Brittany Hrynko and 51 points from his bench.

"The good news is the balance on the floor in that we had [multiple] players in double figures," said Bruno. "We shot a good percentage [60 percent for the game] and we had a good assist-to-basket ratio [.56].

Hrynko picked up Saturday night where she left off in last Tuesday's exhibition game against Illinois Wesleyan, scoring 13 points in the first half and a team high 19 points for the game. Her three-pointer 15 seconds into the game had DePaul off and running.

Five points from Martin over the next two minutes gave the Blue Demons a 14-2 lead. DePaul shot 64 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 36 points in the opening stanza.

Martin, much more assertive in this game versus last Tuesday's game, scored 16 points on 6-7 field goal shooting.

"I started off hitting a few shots and sometimes when that happens you just try to build from that," said Martin.

The point guard position is one that continues to impress, with Chanise Jenkins adding 15 points and dealing three assists.

The Blue Demons got 15 points from Kelsey Reynolds, 14 points from Megan Rogowski and 12 points from Penny.

Reynolds, a transfer from Boston College, sat out last year under NCAA guidelines but showed no rust against the Cougars, adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"Last year I was only able to practice, so I had the opportunity to learn the system and learn from the seniors' leadership," said Reynolds. "I was a little nervous before the games wondering if I had the flow like it used to be in playing in a game."

With less than one week to the regular season opener, Bruno has some decisions to make.

"I am not close to a final starting line up yet," Bruno said. "We are still in the experimental stages. Both Brittany Hrynko and Chanise Jenkins bring something to the table at the point guard spot. We know that Keisha Hampton, Anna Martin and Katherine Harry will start. I don't know who the other two players are that will start."

Whatever his final decision is, he knows he has five other players who have done everything they can to make him play them.

DePaul hosts the Maggie Dixon Classic this weekend at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Samford and Montana tip off at 3:30 p.m. CST on Friday followed by DePaul and St. Mary's at 6:00 p.m.

The Cougars, ranked No. 13 in this year's preseason NAIA poll, were led by Marissa Young's 16 points.

Notes:

- Katherine Harry sat out tonight's game.

- The all-time record for most points scored in a game by DePaul at McGrath-Phillips Arena is 118 versus Northwestern on November 19, 2004.

- Megan Podkowa from Trinity High School was on campus today for her official visit to DePaul. Podkowa verbally committed to Bruno in August.



Melvin Leads DePaul Past Lewis

By Steve Newhouse

Sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin poured in 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Blue Demons past the Division II Lewis Flyers 70-63.

Melvin, who only attempted one three point shot all of last season, went three for 11 from three-point territory on Saturday night.

Cleveland appears to have added a new dimension to his game.

"It kind of opens the defense more and I was able to have a great game," Melvin said of his perimeter shooting. "In the first half, I was really shooting the ball too much. Coach (Oliver) Purnell told me to go inside more. I was taking good shots and I was taking bad shots. I need to work on my shooting decisions more."

Purnell agreed.

"We want him to take good shots," said Purnell. "As long as he's shooting a high percentage and as long as he's giving himself a good balance of shots inside and out. He's our leading scorer. Somebody's got to shoot it. Obviously he was Rookie of the Year in the Big East and a go-to guy for us. Against a team like (Lewis), this is their strategy. They want you to pass it once and shoot it. They don't want you to drive it. We were taking the bait there a little too much. That's just experience against a sagging man-to-man team."

The Blue Demons went on a 12-0 run in the second half to pull away from Lewis. After shooting 40% from beyond the arc in the first half, the Flyers went just one for 10 in the second half on three point shots. The Blue Demons pressure defense eventually was too much for Lewis.

"I think the pressure wore on their legs," said Purnell. "That's the residual effect of facing pressure all night long. You've got to fight to get the ball up. It gets into your legs. As the game wears on, sometimes the legs aren't there. I thought we covered and contested those much better as well."

DePaul managed to score 21 points off of 20 Lewis turnovers.

Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly contributed with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Riverside-Brookfield's Ryan Jackson made his freshman debut for Lewis by leading the Flyers with 16 points. Senior Chris McClelland contributed with 13 points and freshman Julian Lewis chipped in with 11 points off the bench.

The Blue Demons open their season on Friday night in Lincoln Park against Texas-Pan American.

Notes:

- Freshman Jamee Crockett returned to the court tonight after missing over a week of practice due to dizziness.

- Jabari Parker, the number one ranked player in the class of 2013 attended tonight's game along with his father Sonny Parker.

- Class of 2012 forward Deontae Hawkins attended tonight's game while on campus for his official visit. Learn more about Hawkins in this report… Hawkins to Visit DePaul

- Freshman Charles McKinney's dunk in the first half was named number five on tonight's ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays. Here is a YouTube video of that dunk… McKinney on SportsCenter

- NBA Scouts from the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers watched tonight's game.


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