No. 7/8 Tennessee Tops No. 20/21 DePaul
Dec. 11, 2011
Box Score: Tennessee 84, DePaul 61 | Postgame Notes
NEW YORK - Glory Johnson scored 16 points and Cierra Burdick added 15 to help No. 7/8 Tennessee beat No. 20/21 DePaul 84-61 on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Jasmine Penny tied a season-high with scored 16 points and Keisha Hampton added 14 for DePaul. Anna Martin tallied 10 points and has reached double-figures in every game this season.
Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points for the Lady Vols while Alicia Manning had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Tennessee (5-2) that saw their 12-point halftime lead cut to 41-37.
Hampton pushed the pace in the second half and scored eight straight points in the first 2:27 of the half.
Tennessee answered with a 15-4 run to take control of the game. During the spurt, Stricklen had six points during the burst. Her layup made it 56-43 with 11:19 left and DePaul (8-2) couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way.
Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was honored during No. 1 Baylor's 73-59 victory over St. John's with the Maggie Dixon Courage award. Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Both the Lady Bears and Red Storm came out of their timeouts to applaud the winningest coach in college basketball.
It was the second time Tennessee played in the Classic named for the former Army women's coach. The Lady Vols beat Rutgers two years ago. The Scarlet Knights had played in all four of the previous Garden events. Army hosted Ohio State at West Point the first year.
The 28-year-old Dixon died April 6, 2006, of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart. Her death came three weeks after she finished her first season as Army coach. She won the admiration of the academy and all of college basketball for leading Army to its first NCAA berth, where the Cadets lost in the first round to Summitt's Lady Vols.
While this was DePaul's first appearance in the Classic, the school has played in the Maggie Dixon Surf'N Slam Classic in San Diego in 2007. The Blue Demons have also renamed its home tournament in honor of the coach in 2009. Dixon got her start as an assistant coach at DePaul under Doug Bruno before she went to Army.
Both Tennessee and DePaul will stay in the Tri-State area after the game. On Tuesday night, the Lady Vols play at No. 11 Rutgers while DePaul visits Princeton.
It will be the Blue Demons' fourth game in seven days. The roster has been depleted by injuries and DePaul had nine players available against the Lady Vols.
Tuesday's game at Princeton tips at 7 p.m. (CST).
The Associated Press contributed to this release.
Notes: DePaul had seven 3-pointers... Keisha Hampton and Brittany Hrynko each had two... Kelsey Reynolds was in the lineup for DePaul... Reynolds's first career start... it was the fourth different lineup DePaul has used this season... only Anna Martin and Keisha Hampton have been in every combination of the starting five... Hampton started her 112th consecutive collegiate game; she has started every game since arriving in Lincoln Park in 2009... Jasmine Penny tied a career-high with 16... she has reached double-figures in three of DePaul's last four games... Katherine Harry and Hrynko paced DePaul with 7 rebounds... Martin dished out season-high six assists... DePaul has made at least one 3-pointer in its last 68 games.Tennessee did not have a 3-pointer, 0-5 from behind the arc... Alicia Manning had a double-double... her 12 points and 12 rebounds were both season-highs... Tennessee has won all 19 series meetings... Tennessee is 2-0 when playing on a neutral court.