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DePaul Women's Hoops: Wait ‘Til Next Year

CHICAGO - The DePaul women's basketball team has one regular season game left this year, at Marquette this Saturday. The Blue Demons have a record of 23-7, 15-2 in the Big EastT; are ranked No. 19 in both major polls; have an NCAA RPI of 22; have clinched outright the regular season Big East title; have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament; have clinched their tenth straight season of 20 or more wins; and appear to be on time and on target for their 14th straight NCAA tournament bi

But parallel seasons exist, and the ones DePaul and its fans are most interested in concerning next year are those of the Blue Demons' 2016 recruiting class. We look here at how the 2016 class has fared with its respective seasons to date.  

- Kelly Campbell, 5-foot-9 guard from St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey. Campbell averaged   14.9 ppg and was a First Team All-State selection in helping the Lancers to a 26-4 record last year. St. John Vianney is 24-1 this year and is No. 22 in the country in the current USA Today rankings.

Campbell is averaging 13.3 ppg and 2.4 apg this year. St. John Vianney is seeded No. 1 in its conference tournament, and the Lancers beat No. 8 St. Rose 59-54 in the Shore Conference tournament semi-finals this past Mon. night. Campbell scored 12 points and was 6-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:35 of the game.

- Micaela Kelly, 5-foot-6 guard from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit. Kelly was a Third-Team Detroit Free Press All-State selection as a junior, leading King to a 24-2 record. 

Kelly scored 12 points as King avenged its only regular season loss this year, beating Detroit Renaissance 68-66 in the Detroit Public School League final on February 19 for its fifth consecutive DPSL title. King is currently 16-1.   

Kelly had 24 points and 14 rebounds in King’s 73-36 semi-final win against Henry Ford on Feb. 8. Kelly told the Detroit Free Press after that game that she “had to come out hard and put this team on my back. My coach (William Winfield) told me to be a leader and I had to show him that I am.”

- Claire McMahon, 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Lincoln Way-East High School in Frankfort, Ill. McMahon averaged 12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 3.5 apg, and shot 42 percent (59-140) from behind the arc as a junior.  She was named MVP of the Medieval Tournament held in December of last year. Lincoln Way-East lost to Homewood Flossmoor 57-34 in the sectional semi-finals this past Mon. night, finishing the year 22-8. McMahon scored 10 points in the loss. She averaged 13.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, and 2.5 spg this year. McMahon made 57 three-pointers this year.

 - Chante Stonewall, 6-foot guard/forward from University High School in Normal, Ill. Stonewall tore her ACL and medial/lateral meniscus in her left knee this past July. She averaged 14.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg as a junior, leading University High to a 31-2 record.  She was a First Team Class 3A All-State selection her junior year. She also won her second straight Illinois state title in the hurdles and placed second in the 400 meters and fourth in the long jump her junior year. She was named the Pantagraph Female Athlete of the Year last year.  

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