When I last left the DePaul Blue Demons Women's Basketball team, I was ankle deep in confetti celebrating the Big Ten Tournament victory at Wintrrust Arena. The team, the fans and I were happy and looking forward to the NCAA Tournament. Of course, the Tournament and all else stopped shortly after that day.
Last Saturday, the Blue Demons were finally back in action. Unfortunately, they lost a tough game 93-91 to Texas A&M.
The post-game presser featured Coach Doug Bruno, along with players Deja Church, Dee Bekelja and Sonya Morris. Of course, they discussed the game, but other main topics included playing while wearing masks, the lingering pandemic situation and the long layoff.
Despite the loss, everyone just seemed so happy to actually have basketball back. As usual, Coach Bruno ended his session thanking all for covering the tam and women's sports. Coach Bruno is a class act and is genuinely appreciative of the support. He has thanked me personally several times off camera and I always appreciate him for that.
The DePaul Blue Demons bounced back from their season opening loss in grand fashion with a huge 128-66 win over Chicago State. Their first win included an all-time scoring record, among other accomplishments.
DePaul came out strong and the game was never really in doubt. The Blue Demons, who started the game with a five guard offense, came out shooting. Thanks to a 21-1 run, the Blue Demons jumped to a 24-5 lead and never looked back. The big lead allowed Coach Doug Bruno to empty his bench early in the second quarter.
Coming of the bench, freshman Kendall Holmes led all scorers with 23 points, including hitting 6 of 8 3-point attempts. Lexi Held and Sonya Morris were next with 21 points, followed by Dee Bekelja with 15, Darrione Rogers with 12 and Deja Church with 11, as six players scored in double digits. Hannah Purcell (8), Jean Nadege (8), Maya Stovall (5), and Kayla Caudle (4) also got in on the scoring binge. Only Jolene Daninger somehow did not score, despite playing more than 17 minutes.
Not surprisingly, DePaul also dominated in team stats. DePaul's biggest lead was 63 points, compared to Chicago State's early 2 point lead. DePaul led for 38:39, while Chicago State had the lead for 52 seconds. There were only three lead changes in the game.
DePaul's Friday game against Villanova was postponed, but will instead play Louisville in the prestigious Women’s Jimmy V Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The game will be televised nationally at 6 pm CST on ESPN. DePaul also announced it has canceled the December 9 game at Kent State.