DePaul Hoops Teams Sweep Exhibition Openers

The college basketball season got underway in earnest on Wednesday night at DePaul's McGrath Arena as the Blue Demons men's and women's hoops teams swept their opponents in an exhibition doubleheader.

DePaul Blue Demons 93, Lewis University Flyers 83

The DePaul women's basketball team opened the evening fresh off their number 19 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Coach Doug Bruno's Blue Demons went right to work with the Lewis University Flyers.

All five starters for the Blue Demons finished in double figures with Allie Quigley putting on a show with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field. Caprice Smith contributed with a double-double of 19 points and 12 boards. Jenna Rubino and Missy Mitidiero each added 12 points and Erin Carney finished with 10. Allie's younger sister, freshman Sam Quigley, scored seven in her debut in a DePaul uniform.

A familiar name started at point guard for the Flyers - senior Brittney Diener who is the cousin of Blue Demons alum Drake Diener and sister of the Orlando Magic's Travis Diener. Mary Moskal led all scorers in the game with 30 points for the Flyers. Erin Cox chipped in with 14 points.

Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno used his bench liberally throughout the game. DePaul led 43-36 at halftime. The Blue Demons went on an 8-0 run to start the second half and then a 9-0 which began with 10 minutes remaining to put away the Flyers.

DePaul returns to the court on Saturday night at McGrath Arena to take on the Chicago Challengers in their second exhibition match.

Women's Box Score

DePaul Blue Demons 89, St.Ambrose University Fighting Bees 73

Starting for the DePaul men's team were Jabari Currie, Karron Clarke, Sammy Mejia, Marcus Heard, and Wilson Chandler. Three of those five finished in double figures while Draelon Burns tossed in 11 points coming off the bench. It was the Wilson Chandler show as the preseason All-Big East team nominee scored 28 points on 11 of 17 from the field. Clarke contributed with 14 points and Mejia with 11.

The sting in the Bees attack came from two players that are the pride of Crystal Lake, Illinois - freshman Alex Burkle from Crystal Lake South in his debut and junior transfer Brett Cole who starred for Prairie Ridge high school in Crystal Lake. They both finished with 21 points.

The Fighting Bees took the lead once early in the second half leading 45-44. DePaul quickly took the lead back and never relinquished it. Like the women's team, the men's team went on a spurt with 10 minutes remaining in the game. That was when the Blue Demons really began to assert themselves going on a 9-0 run.

Afterwards, Blue Demons head coach Jerry Wainwright talked about his team's performance in the exhibition opener. "We were very, very simplistic. We've not done a lot of five on five (in practice). Our numbers have been down a bit. Obviously we're missing a player. We've also had a couple of kids hurt. Lorenzo Thompson has had very, very little practice time. So we've done a lot of three on three and four on four stuff."

Wainwright gave a nod to the effort that the Bees brought to the game. "Give credit to a team that is well-coached," said Wainwright. "Those are the teams that will always give you problems especially early in the season, because they spread the floor and make shots. It was a good game for us to play this time of year."

"I thought the kids played together," Wainwright observed. "I thought they showed their versatility and speed for their first outing."

The Blue Demons take on the men's team from Lewis University in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Men's Box Score

Postgame Audio

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