Millender Leads No. 20 DePaul Past Delaware State
Nov. 17, 2017

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CHICAGO – Fresh off the exhilarating overtime win over nationally ranked Oklahoma on Monday, No. 20 DePaul looked ready for an encore performance on Friday night.

Taking off from the opening tip and never letting up, the Blue Demons knocked off Delaware State 110-71 in their first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.

DePaul (2-1) will oppose Saint Louis (2-1) in the 4 p.m. title game at Wintrust Arena.

Friday’s scoring parade was headed by Ashton Millender who scored a career-high 27 points and also had career bests with 10 field goals and seven 3-pointers.  She finished 10-of-12 from the floor that included 7-of-9 from deep.

There were five other Blue Demons in double figures with Chante Stonewall, Tanita Allen and freshman Dee Bekelja contributing 14 points each and freshman Rachel McLimore scoring 13. Mart'e Grays added 11 points.

Millender came out firing, scoring an eye-popping 15 points during just seven minutes of play in the first quarter. The junior guard made six of her first seven shots including three-of-four from beyond the arc.

Stonewall also got off to a fast start, scoring nine points and nabbing three steals. Kelly Campbell had four assists. The Blue Demons built a 33-16 lead after the first 10 minutes.

Playing freshmen for much of the second quarter, DePaul extended the lead to 57-32 and went into halftime with a 57-37 advantage.

Millender already had 18 points at the break and was three shy of equaling her career high. Stonewall and Allen each had nine points and Grays added eight. Campbell and Amarah Coleman each had four assists.

Maintaining the hot hand, Millender set her career high in the third quarter and had 27 points midway through the period. By that point, she had converted 10 of her first 12 shots and was 7-of-9 from deep in sparking DePaul to an 88-49 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Postgame Notes

  • Millender recorded career highs with 27 points, 10 baskets and seven 3-pointers. Her previous highs were 21 points, eight field goals and five 3-pointers.
  • Following up last Monday’s 111-108 overtime victory over No. 21/21 Oklahoma, the Blue Demons have now scored 221 points in two games. They are averaging 103 points per game this season.
  • DePaul forced 30 Hornet turnovers led by McLimore’s four steals and three by Stonewall.
  • Coach Doug Bruno’s team racked up 36 assists on its 40 baskets.
  • DePaul cruised in the first meeting of these two programs.

 

 

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