DePaul Hoops Teams Wrap Up Exhibition Season

The DePaul Blue Demons men's and women's basketball teams finished off their second and final exhibition opponents in a doubleheader at DePaul's McGrath Arena on Saturday night.

DePaul Blue Demons 92, Chicago Challengers 67

The 19th ranked DePaul women's basketball team defeated the Chicago Challengers 92-67 despite the absence of their senior captain in the second half on Saturday night.

Senior Jenna Rubino spent the second half with ice on her ankle after spraining it in the first half. Rubino scored 12 points before she went down.

Without Rubino, the Blue Demons bench stepped up and held off the Challengers. Sophomores Holly Medley & Erin Cattell contributed with 10 and 11 points respectively off the bench.

Caprice Smith finished with a double-double consisting of a game high 20 points and 14 rebounds.

In all five players finished in double figure for the Demons, Smith, Rubino, Cattell, Medley, and Missy Mitidiero finished with 14 points.

The Chicago Challengers are comprised of former college players turned professional. Amanda Lassiter from Missouri and the WNBA's Chicago Sky led the Challengers with 17 points. Kina Brown from Western Michigan contributed 13 and Jamie Lewis from DePaul chipped in 12.

The Challengers who were coach by Karen Stack Umlauf also featured former DePaul Blue Demons Carla Stone and Tammy Williams.

The Blue Demons will now focus on preparing for their season opening showdown with third ranked Oklahoma next Sunday in Norman, Oklahoma. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Women's Box Score

DePaul Blue Demons 77, Lewis University Flyers 70

The DePaul men's basketball team dealt with a pesky Lewis Flyers squad that just wouldn't go away.

The Flyers pulled to within 51-50 with 9:28 to go, but could not get over the hump to take the advantage.

Junior forward Karron Clarke led the Blue Demons with 18 points. Sophomore Wilson Chandler, coming off a 28 point performance on Wednesday, managed just seven points but grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Blue Demons had four players in double figures including Clarke, Wesley Green with 11, Sammy Mejia scored 16, and junior Draelon Burns contributed 11 points off the bench.

The Flyers were led by Brandon Dagans, a sophomore guard from Thornton High in Harvey, Illinois, who led all scorers with 22 points.

DePaul had trouble taking care of the basketball with 17 turnovers to Lewis' 11. "I think it's decision making," said Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright. "I think sometimes we try to do too much. Sometimes we pass up good shots and we try to get a great one. I think there were some turnovers caused by poor decision making more than anything."

Did the closeness of the final score have any bearing? "Just because it's a close game doesn't mean anything," Wainwright remarked. "I think a good performance is false. I think a bad performance is false. You have to kind of keep it in perspective and look at individuals to see how they are coming along."

DePaul now has a week off to prepare for their trip to Peoria to take on the Bradley Braves in the regular season opener.

Wainwright made it clear that his team's focus is on the Braves and not their exhibition opponents. "No disrespect to either (exhibition team) we played, we tried to ease into this season a little different from last year," Wainwright said. "We tried to work on just basic fundamentals for the first couple weeks as we were working on some things for Bradley, that we will hopefully will be good at by next weekend. So I've given the kids a lot of leeway and freedom in these games."

Men's Box Score

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