Record Breaking Performance for DePaul Women

CHICAGO- While it will take 100 years to reach 11-11-11 again, it took just 40 minutes for the DePaul Blue Demons to reach a record-breaking performance Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Placing six players in double figures might have been accomplishment enough, but No. 19/18 DePaul went on to tie or break three records in its 96-68 win against St. Mary's in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.

DePaul (1-0) tied the school record for the second longest home winning streak with 20 wins in a row, tied the school-record with 16 three-pointers and set a McGrath-Phillips Arena record with those 16 three pointers.

Tonight's themes for DePaul were "bombs away" and "share the ball."

DePaul shot 47% from behind the arc and 51% from the field for the game. The Blue Demons, ranked seventh in the country last year in assists per game with 17.4, had 24 assists on 35 baskets for an assist-to-basket ratio of .68.

St. Mary's, with eight players at 6'0" or taller, out-rebounded DePaul 44-29 for the game. Last year the Gaels were 18-5 when out-rebounding their opponents. It was that rebounding edge along with holding DePaul's Keisha Hampton to just four first half points that might have been a recipe for an upset.

But then the bombs started falling.

An opening second half three-pointer by Chanise Jenkins (11 points, three assists) followed by three-pointers from Deanna Ortiz (13 points, four steals), Brittany Hrynko (10 points, five assists, four steals), Hampton (16 points) and Megan Rogowski (11 points) pushed DePaul on a 21-8 run and a 65-44 lead with 13:32 remaining in the game.

Anna Martin scored six of DePaul's first 11 points of the game on her way to a game-high 17 points on 7-9 shooting to go along with four assists and four steals.

"I tried to get off to a quick and efficient start," said Martin. "I think it is really important that Keisha [Hampton] and I show the freshmen and show the team that we have a lot of energy to start off every game."

And that energy was evident with DePaul getting two steals in the game's first two minutes by pressing and double teaming, a defensive trend that continued the rest of the game.

[Pressing and trapping] is how we have wanted to play all year," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "Pressure is not just to steal the ball, it is to wear the opponent down. If you have 10 able, solid, and good bodies, then you use them and that is what we are trying to do here."

DePaul scored 33 points off 30 Gaels' turnovers. The Blue Demons came within four forced turnovers of setting a new school record in that category.

The 21 DePaul steals was the most steals since recording that same number versus Loyola in 2005.

Jasmine Smith scored 15 points for St. Mary's (0-1).

In tonight's opening game, Samford got double figures from four players and defeated Montana, 59-45.

DePaul plays Samford in the championship game Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Notes:

- The DePaul record for a home win streak is 33 from 2003-2006.

- DePaul made 16 three-pointers at Seton Hall on March 3, 2008.

- The Blue Demons made 15 three-pointers versus Northwestern State at McGrath Arena on November 22, 2003.

- DePaul is now 8-2 all-time versus schools from the West Coast Conference.


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