Coleman's Buzzer-Beater Brings Down the House
Nov. 13, 2017
CHICAGO -- The clock was winding down on one of the most entertaining games ever played at McGrath-Phillips Arena and the ball was in Amarah Coleman's hands.
The play designed by DePaul coach Doug Bruno never materialized, so Coleman took it upon herself to swish a three-pointer at the buzzer for an pulsating 111-108 overtime victory over No. 21/21 Oklahoma Monday night.
"It was an accident," Coleman said with a smile. "There was a mix-up, and I thought: `Oh shoot.' I just tried to make a play."
And after the senior guard released the game-winning shot?
"When I let it go, I knew it was going in."
Coleman led six Blue Demons in double figures with a career-high 23 points for No. 20 DePaul (1-1) and went 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Ashton Millender poured in 21 points and Mart'e Grays added a career-high 18 points along with six rebounds.
Millender and Coleman connected from distance in overtime in staking the Blue Demons to a 108-105 lead with 1:25 left. As it had all game, Oklahoma (1-1) battled back to tie it 108-108 with 13 seconds to go.
The Sooners' fast start in the fourth quarter erased DePaul's six-point lead after three quarters, and it was all even 82-82. A Millender three made it 89-83, but Oklahoma came back to within 89-88.
Another Millender three gave her team a 98-93 lead, but again the Sooners bounced back to tie it 98-98. Millender's shot at the buzzer rimmed out and mandated overtime.
An early Campbell three put DePaul in front 56-55 at the outset of the third quarter. Oklahoma powered it way back to a 68-64 lead at the first media timeout.
The Blue Demons closed out the third quarter on a 13-4 run to surge ahead 80-74 as Stonewall was making plays all over the court.
DePaul opened the game with four consecutive bulls-eyes from three-point range. The Blue Demons went 6-for-11 over the first 10 minutes and Coleman scored 13 points to give the home team a 30-24 lead after one quarter.
Coleman was 5-of-6 from the floor and 3-for-3 from distance in the first quarter. She finished 9-for-13 from the floor and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma started out quickly in the second quarter, and much of the way until halftime, the lead constantly went back and forth.
A 9-0 Sooners run put DePaul in a 46-40 hole, but Campbell, Grays and Stonewall brought the Blue Demons back to within 52-51. Millender scored five points just before halftime as DePaul went into the break trailing 55-53.
DePaul is back in action at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic against Delaware State at Wintrust Arena.
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