No. 21 Blue Demons Bounce Back in a Big Way
Nov. 24, 2017

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LAS VEGAS – The Blue Demons took the court at Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday primed to bounce back in a big way.

Behind Tanita Allen’s 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals, No. 21 DePaul knocked off Memphis 81-67 in its second game of the Play4Kay Showcase.

Coach Doug Bruno and his team will face the winner of Gonzaga and Kent State in Saturday’s final round with tipoff scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT)

DePaul (4-2) had other scorers in double figures with Amarah Coleman (13 points, six rebounds, six assists), Chante Stonewall (12 points), Ashton Millender (10 points, three steals) and Mart'e Grays (10 points).

In addition, Kelly Campbell had another solid outing with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and a career-high six steals.

It was just what the team needed after coming up short 89-84 in overtime to Florida Gulf Coast in Thursday’s Showcase opener.

Allen hit her first four shots including two from distance in staking the Blue Demons to a 30-18 lead early in the second quarter.


 

 

Back-to back threes from freshmen Dee Bekelja and Rachel McLimore followed by a Coleman three-point play provided DePaul with its largest first half margin at 39-20.

Memphis (1-5) cut into the deficit and trailed 49-36 at the break. The Tigers went on a 9-0 run in the third quarter to come within 58-50 when Stonewall answered with a basket inside and Coleman knocked down a three for a 63-52 lead after three quarters.

McLimore connected from deep, Millender followed with another three and a basket for a 73-52 lead in the fourth quarter.

Postgame Notes

  • The Blue Demons have scored 560 points this season for an average of 93.3 points per game.
  • In the last five games, DePaul has hit 69 three-pointers---an average of 13.8 per game.
  • In this reunion of former Conference USA teams, DePaul improved to 13-9 in the all-time series.
  • Campbell was 5-for-5 from the line Friday and has made 19 of her last 22. She also had a career-high six steals.
  • The Blue Demons forced 30 Memphis turnovers and came away with 16 steals.
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