No. 20 DePaul 75, SIU-Edwardsville 65

Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko had 15 points apiece, helping

No. 20 DePaul beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 75-65 on Friday

night.

Keisha Hampton scored 12 points for the Blue Demons (8-1), who

will face No. 7 Tennessee on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic

doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.

DePaul got off to a slow start and trailed 18-9 midway through

the first half. When the regulars returned to the court, DePaul put

together a 28-9 surge to take a 37-27 halftime lead.

”We weren’t ready to play and that just doesn’t happen here,”

Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno said. ”I don’t want to take anything

away from the kids from Edwardsville, they really deserve credit

when they come in and play a game like this.

”A lot of (our) people did some isolated good things, but it

was not a team effort.”

Courtney Kenner had 16 points for the Cougars (4-4), who have

dropped four of five. Michaela Herrod and Raven Berry each had

12.

”We definitely needed to get off to that kind of start because

we knew DePaul can score a lot points in a hurry,” Edwardsville

coach Amanda Lewis said. ”We were very pleased with our start, we

just had too many turnovers.”

Edwardsville had 14 first-half turnovers and 25 for the game,

which DePaul converted into 27 points.