The Dance Ends Despite Magnificent Performance
March 18, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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