CHICAGO- DePaul's Deirdre Naughton scored her 1,000th career point during the first half of Sunday…
Naughton Leads DePaul to Dixon Classic Title
DePaul's Deirdre Naughton scored a game high 24 points and was named tournament MVP for the second straight year as the Demons defeated USD 84-64 in the title game of the 2009 Maggie Dixon Classic.
"I usually let the players have the [championship] trophy, but this trophy is going to go into the room we dedicated to Maggie in our offices," DePaul head coach Doug Bruno said. "I am proud of [our players] handling the emotion of being able to win our first Maggie Dixon Classic."
DePaul opened up a 39-26 halftime with all players who saw action scoring.
USD's second half full court press helped the Torreros close to 46-41, but a 15-3 run by DePaul, led by Felicia Chester's five points and Jen Juergens' two three-pointers put DePaul ahead 62-44 with 9:35 left to play.
"All five people that were on the court really stepped up against everything [USD] gave us, especially the pressure in the full court," Naughton said.
#17 DePaul (4-0, 0-0 Big East), placed Chester (15 points and 12 rebounds), Keisha Hampton (18 points), and Naughton on the All-Tournament team.
"Before the game [Bruno] put a picture of Maggie right on the board," Naughton said. "It is a really special honor to play this [tournament] for her. I was never coached by her but she has influenced the program so much."
The Torreros were led by Sam Child's 16 points. USD falls to 2-2.
DePaul travels to Evanston to take on Northwestern Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m CST. The game will be televised by BigTenNetwork.com.
Notes: DPU is now 5-0 versus schools from the West Coast Conference...for the second straight game all Demons who played scored.
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