Millender and Mart'e Make Maggie Dixon Magic
Nov. 18, 2017

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CHICAGO - Something had to give Saturday as No. 20 DePaul and Saint Louis took turns flying up and down the Wintrust Arena court.

It wasn't the Blue Demons who rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter for an 86-78 victory in the title game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.

All-tournament selection Mart'e Grays had a game-high 25 points and tournament MVP Ashton Millender scored 18 points in sparking the comeback. Another key piece to the inspiring win was all-tournament selection Chante Stonewall who contributed eight points and nine rebounds.

DePaul (3-1) had two others with double figures in Amarah Coleman (11) and Tanita Allen (10). Kelly Campbell came through with another stat-stuffing performance with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Down by seven after three quarters, a determined Blue Demon bunch opened the fourth quarter with 10 points in a row for a 65-62 lead. Millender had a three-point play, a three-point shot and a free throw in the burst.

DePaul maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter thanks to big plays and big shots from Grays, Millender and Stonewall.

The Billikens crept within 40-39 at the outset of the third quarter, but a 7-2 Blue Demon burst including four-straight from Stonewall restored a six-point advantage.

That's when Saint Louis went on the biggest run of the game, closing out the quarter outscoring the home team 21-8. The Billikens went into the fourth quarter ahead 62-55.


With Coleman and Grays scoring eight points each in the opening stanza, DePaul moved out to a 26-20 lead after one quarter. Millender scored the final five points of the period on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer.

Coleman, Kelly Campbell and Grays made long-distance connections in the second quarter in helping the Blue Demons remain in front 37-31. Coach Doug Bruno's team made nine of its first 17 attempts from three-point range---nearly 53 percent.

Near the end of the quarter, the Billikens went on a 7-1 run to draw even at 38-38. Tanita Allen answered with a tip-in during the waning seconds for a 40-38 half time lead.

Grays had 13 points and Coleman 11 at the break while their team was converting at a 45 percent clip from long range.

Postgame Notes

  • Millender was named Maggie Dixon Classic MVP after scoring 45 points in two games while teammates Grays and Stonewall were named to the all-tournament team.
  • Over the last three games, the Blue Demons have now scored 307 points for an average of 102.3 points per outing.
  • This was the 29th meeting between DePaul and Saint Louis with the Blue Demons holding a 23-6 advantage.
  • With 17 three-pointers on Saturday, the Blue Demons have made 51 in their last three games.
  • Later on Saturday evening, Bruno was officially inducted into the prestigious National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame that includes Vince Lombardi and Joe DiMaggio.
  • Associate head coach Jill M. Pizzotti led the Billikens program from 1996-2005 and left as the second-winningest coach in school history.

 

 

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