Chicago, IL -- Tonight McGrath-Phillips Arena witnessed the 12th all-time matchup between the DePaul Blue Demons and the Xavier Musketeers. The Musketeers claim a single defeat in the series and undoubtedly looked to make this game an even two. Xavier came off of an anxiety-ridden, buzzer-beating, win against Creighton their last time out, and the Blue Demons a three-game win streak.
In the opening minutes, Xavier looked as if they had carried the adrenaline from last game into tonight's matchup; a 7-0 run had the Musketeers outpacing the Blue Demons for 4:37 in the first half. Like adrenaline does, the high spiraled and DePaul took advantage.
Maybe it was Head Coach Doug Bruno's pink and white Nikes, worn exactly one time every year for ten years to honor Play for Kay Night and Breast Cancer Awareness month. Or it could have been the pink trimmed home whites and the meaning of the night. Whatever it was, the name of the game was run, run, run and then run again in characteristic Blue Demon fashion. The evening outside the arena may have been frigid, but DePaul's feet were fire.
Coach Bruno on his team's characteristic speed, "We are always going to run here at DePaul, we are always going to score in transition."
DePaul stretched its lead in the first half with high percentage, in the paint layups and bunnies. They took advantage of 15 Xavier turnovers, consistently advancing the ball up the floor followed by 1st, 2nd and even 3rd transition cuts to the hoop. As most all basketball fans know, the game is a game of runs, and the Blue Demons ran their way into the locker room at half with a 40-21 lead.
Unfortunate for any fan in the audience look for a tight game, Xavier continued to sink in the second half as DePaul played like the 23rd ranked team in the nation.
Sophomore guard, Ashton Millender lead the way for the Blue Demons. She closed the night with 15 points, the only Blue Demon in double figures.
Coach Bruno on the play of his Sophomore, "She is a really good basketball player who has been getting a lot of steady minutes for us all season. She is a person who can score the basketball; it's important that her scoring comes to fruition on a more consistent basis."
Millender on her night tonight, "I knew it was going to be a good game when I banked the three off of the backboard."
The final score 82-52. DePaul's next opponent is Butler, at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Valentine's Day.