DePaul Trio Captures Maggie Dixon Classic

CHICAGO- On Friday night it was three pointers for DePaul. On Saturday night it was three players. Senior, junior, freshman- they all played big.

Keisha Hampton, Anna Martin and Chanise Jenkins were voted to the All-Tournament team as DePaul won the Maggie Dixon Classic with a 86-57 win against Samford at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Hampton was also named tournament MVP.

Hampton, an unlikely choice for MVP when she went to the bench with her second foul five minutes into the game, provided DePaul coach Doug Bruno an opportunity to teach.

"What we tried to do in the situation was get her used to playing with two [fouls]," said Bruno. "You hate to have a black and white philosophy that says every time a player gets two fouls, the players sits the rest of the half. Players have to learn how to play with two, three or four fouls and they have to learn how to not pick up silly fouls."

"You try not to let the fouls change your game." said Hampton. "Coach [Bruno] told me I still had to defend the same way, but just try to keep it cleaner. I tried not to let it change my game."

And it did not.

Substituting back in five minutes later, Hampton sank a three pointer one minute later to put DePaul up 23-10. And her lesson was learned: she did not pick up another foul the rest of the game.

The No. 19/18 Blue Demons (2-0) had another excellent night defensively, scoring 34 points off 25 Bulldogs' turnovers. DePaul led 46-19 at the half en route to its 21st home win.

Martin, with her second strong performance in as many nights, scored 19 points to go along with four assists and four steals. She was also named All-Tournament in last year's Maggie Dixon Classic.

Jenkins scored the game's first basket, a three pointer from the corner for her only points of the game. She led her team in assists with five and is proving to be an apt floor leader. The freshman point guard's assertiveness, direction, and knowledge of the offensive sets are already somewhat reminiscent of DePaul's no. 2 career assist leader, Sam Quigley.

Bruno has talked previously of his ability this year to go 10 players deep, and tonight was no exception as DePaul got 38 points from its bench.

Maureen Mulchrone turned in a strong game with eight points and four rebounds, Kelsey Reynolds was thre of four from the floor, Katherine Harry scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Brittany Hrynko added seven points and six rebounds.

Ruth Ketcham led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 14 points.

DePaul now heads to Hawaii to play San Diego State on November 18 at 11:00 p.m. CST as part of the Jack-In-The-Box Rainbow Wahine Classic.

The Blue Demons return from that trip to face Northwestern on November 26 at 2:00 p.m. CST in Evanston.

St. Mary's edged Montana 67-65 in the third place game on a last-second put back.

Notes:

- Sam Quigley was in attendance.

- DePaul won its 65th consecutive game over an non-ranked, non-conference opponent on its home court.


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