Scores

Final

DePaul 83

(23-6, 10-4 C-USA)

G. Washington 46

(22-8, 14-2 A 10)

1:30 PM ET, March 20, 2004

Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida

1 2 T
DEP 32 5183
GW 26 2046

Top Performers

DePaul: C. Smith 22 Pts, 5 Reb

George Washington: U. Oha 15 Pts, 4 Reb

DePaul regains shooting stroke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Charlene Smith scored 24 points and Khara Smith added 16 Saturday, and DePaul found its shooting touch in the second half to beat George Washington 83-46 in the opening round of the Midwest Regional.

The Blue Demons (23-6) shot 66 percent in the second half, repeatedly driving past defenders to outscore the Colonials 44-28 in the paint.

Charlene Smith and Khara Smith combined for the first 10 points of the second half, helping ninth-seeded DePaul pull away.

Jenni Dant added 16 points and Khara Smith had 12 rebounds for DePaul, which will meet Tennessee in Monday's second-round game.

Ugo Oha scored 15 points for eighth-seeded George Washington (22-8), which trailed 32-26 at the half. The Colonials turned the ball over five times in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Blue Demons opened a 20-point lead. George Washington turned the ball over 24 times.

DePaul won 18 of its first 19 games to start the season, the only defeat a 96-89 overtime loss at home to Tennessee on December 17. The Blue Demons were 22-2, but a four-game losing streak entering the NCAA tournament hurt their seeding.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEP
GW
Points 83 46
FG Made-Attempted 34-60 (.567) 17-52 (.327)
3P Made-Attempted 3-17 (.176) 1-11 (.091)
FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 11-15 (.733)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

Game Leaders

 
DEP
GW
PointsC. Smith 22U. Oha 15
ReboundsK. Smith 11C. Joens 7

Series

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