Martin leads No. 19 DePaul over St. Mary’s

Anna Martin scored 17 points and Keisha Hampton added 16 to help

No. 19 DePaul beat St. Mary’s 96-68 on Friday night in the Maggie

Dixon Classic.

The victory was the 20th straight home win for the Blue Demons,

who tied for second in Big East last year and reached the regional

semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

DePaul (1-0) led 44-36 at the half and pulled away behind a

3-point barrage in the second half, hitting 10 of 17 3’s after the

break.

Jasmine Smith scored 15 points and Danielle Mauldin added 13 for

the Gaels (0-1).

DePaul faces Samford in Saturday’s tournament championship. The

Bulldogs (1-0) beat Montana (0-1) 59-45 earlier Friday.

The Blue Demons never trailed and the Gaels forced only one

brief tie at 19-19 midway through the first half. DePaul later

opened a double-digit lead at 39-28 before the Gaels trimmed it

back in the late going.

DePaul opened the second half with 8-1 run and the lead steadily

grew until it hit 29 points late in the game.

Also scoring in double figures for the Blue Demons were Deanna

Ortiz with 13, Chanise Jenkins and Megan Rogowski with 11 apiece

and Brittany Hrynko with 10.

The four-team tourney is named for the former DePaul assistant

coach who died of an arrhythmia in 2006 after concluding her first

season as Army head coach.

The Blue Demons will meet Tennessee in another separate Maggie

Dixon Classic match sponsored by Pittsburgh next month at Madison

Square Garden.

St. Mary’s was runner-up in the West Coast Conference last year

and reached the postseason WNIT.