No. 25 DePaul Falls to Dayton in Maggie Dixon Classic Championship Game
Nov. 10, 2012
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CHICAGO – Totally in character, Doug Bruno was being as honest as he can be.
“We haven’t come together enough as a team to beat a team as good as Dayton,” said the DePaul women’s basketball coach after Saturday night’s 92-80 loss in the title game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
“I’m proud of the way our team scrambled back in the last eight minutes, but our play in the first 32 minutes got us to that point.”
A subpar performance defensively and on the backboards along with Dayton guard Amber Deane’s career-high 27 points left DePaul in a deep hole for most of the night.
Atlantic 10 Conference favorite Dayton (2-0) led by 13 at halftime and rode an 11-4 run early in the second half to a 62-41 lead. A balanced offense that included contributions from the bench launched Dayton on a 21-6 surge that left the visiting team with a 48-28 lead late in the first half.
DePaul (1-1) scored the final seven points of the half with Chanise Jenkins scoring five as Bruno’s team went into the halftime locker room trailing 48-35.
“Each game takes on a life of its own,” Bruno said. “We didn’t do the job defensively and didn’t rebound, and if we can’t handle the adversity of being down, we’re babies.
“But I’m proud of our players for not giving up and coming back. Our offensive execution was much better in the second half. The last eight minutes is the way I like to play.”
Led by Jasmine Penny (20 points), Katherine Harry (18 points, 13 rebounds), Brittany Hrynko (14 points, five assists, three steals) and Anna Martin with 13 points, a career-high nine assists and four steals,
DePaul reduced Dayton’s 21-point lead to seven with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left.
But the Flyers responded with a basket by Andrea Hoover and Maggie Dixon Classic MVP Deane’s three-pointer.
“It’s early, and our team is still making adjustments to the new season and to new teammates,” Bruno said. “I think you’ll see a much better basketball team against Howard next Saturday.”
The Blue Demons will tip off against Howard at 7 p.m. at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Maggie Dixon Classic All-Tournament Team
KK Babin, Nicholls State
Amber Deane, Dayton – MVP
Katherine Harry, DePaul
Andrea Hoover, Dayton
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul
Ally Malott, Dayton
Notes: Nine assists for Anna Martin were a career high… Martin’s nine assists are the most by a DePaul player since Brittany Hrynko dished out nine at Notre Dame on Feb. 5… Martin is averaging 8.0 assists per game this season and has just six turnovers and boasts a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio… Chanise Jenkins tied a career high with five assists… Jasmine Penny’s eight field goals tied a career high… 20 points marks Penny’s third career 20-point performance… Hrynko has dished out five or more assists in both games this season… Katherine Harry recorded her 16 career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds… her 30th double-digit rebound performance of her career… DePaul had a season-best 24 assists and are averaging 23 assists per game.