The Dance Ends Despite Magnificent Performance
March 18, 2018

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It was all-out survival mode Sunday deep in the heart of Texas.

And when the final horn sounded on this classic tug-of-wills between nationally ranked teams, the dance came to an end for No. 23 DePaul after an 80-79 setback to No. 14/14 Texas A&M.

It was a game the Blue Demons controlled practically from start to finish as Texas A&M (26-9) only had the lead at 2-0 and the final score---a grand total of 1 minute, 24 seconds. DePaul (27-8) was in front for 38:36 of the 40 minutes.

Tanita Allen played one of her finest games of the season in the second round of the NCAA tournament with 19 points and a number of big-time shots. Mart'e Grays scored 14 points, Chante Stonewall 12  points, Ashton Millender 11 and Amarah Coleman 10.

DePaul built a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter when the Aggies stormed back to come within 69-63 with 6:21 left in the game. Texas A&M's National Freshman of the Year Chennedy Carter took over the game in the fourth quarter with 19 of her game-high 37 points including 5-for-5 from three-point range. She scored 32 in the second half.

It was her three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left that was the game-winner.Anriel Howard added 18 points and 19 rebounds.

Back-to-back Stonewall baskets put the Blue Demons up 73-66 and a Millender clutch three kept them ahead by six. That's when Carter took over, gradually cutting into the DePaul lead. Her free throw brought Texas A&M within 79-77.



 The Blue Demons went up 47-30 early in the third quarter when Texas A&M went on a 10-0 run bringing a large partisan crowd to life and come within seven. That was the closest the Aggies had been since early in the second quarter.

Allen came off the bench to bury a clutch three-pointer that momentarily silenced the crowd and restored a double-digit lead. She continued hitting one big shot after another, and her 10 points in the quarter helped stake DePaul to a 63-53 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Playing perhaps her best game of the season, Allen had 18 points after three quarters.

Grays scored the team's first five points of the game, Millender followed with a three, Coleman a reverse layup and Stonewall two free throws for an early 12-5 lead.

Texas A&M responded with a 9-4Texas A&M responded with a 9-4 burst in slicing the Blue Demon lead to 16-14 after the first quarter.

DePaul had an answer at the outset of the second quarter as a Grays jumper and back-to-back three-pointers from Lauren Prochaska and Campbell boosted the Blue Demons to a 24-14 lead and forced Aggies coach Gary Blair to call timeout.

The respite did nothing to slow the DePaul roll. Three-pointers by Campbell, Millender and Tanita Allen along with jumpers by Kelly Campbell and Coleman sent their team into halftime with a 43-28 lead.

Coach Doug Bruno's team outscored the home team 27-14 in the second quarter, making 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Lincoln Park sharpshooters were 7-of-16 from three-point land in the first half while the Aggies missed all five of their attempts.

Postgame Notes
--DePaul finished the season winning seven of its last eight games and 13 of the last 15.
--These Blue Demons made 422 three-pointers this season, most in the 44-year history of women's basketball at DePaul. They also set a season record for most attempts with 1,159.
--Their record in NCAA tournament games is 17-23 and 4-9 in second-round games.
--DePaul's 27 wins is the third-best season mark behind the 29 in 2010-11 and 2013-14.
--In 17 of their last 20 games, the Blue Demons reached double figures in three-pointers.
--Millender scored in double figures for the 11th game in a row and her 103 three-pointers is the second-highest season mark behind Megan Rogowski's 114 in 2013-14.
--The 724 assists this season is the second-highest in program history behind only the 746 recorded in 2015-16.
--DePaul's 2,902 points is the fourth-best season mark.
--Campbell finished the season with 242 rebounds in her final 24 games---10.1 a game.
--Texas A&M had the lead at 2-0 and the final score---a total of 1:24. DePaul led for 38:36.
--The Blue Demons are 2-3 in the all-time series against Texas A&M.

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