"I did not know that," said Dempsey, when asked if she knew of breaking the record. "It's cool. I had no idea. We came out aggressive against them. I think they realized they were going to have to foul us in order for us to not make the shots."
While Dempsey was finding her range for St. Joe, Johnson continued her solid all-around play.
Johnson tallied her second triple-double of the tournament scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Johnson had the feat accomplished late in the third quarter. She also contributed six steals.
In St. Joe's 89-29 quarterfinal victory over Man Wednesday, Johnson just missed a quad-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, and nine steals.
"She is a stat-sheet filler, there's no doubt," Lewis said. "She plays a complete game. She can set people up, draw defenses, rebound, and is active with her hands with steals. It's no surprise to us what she is capable of."
St. Joe cranked up the defense, especially in the second quarter, forcing the Blue Devils into 16 first-half turnovers. St. Marys finished the game with 29 of them.
"We didn't quit, but their hearts were broken," St. Marys Coach Howard Meeks said. "They saw the scoreboard. They are a very good team. Our guards couldn't get around them to get the ball in to the bigs. They have three Division 1 guards.
Clark scored a team-high 10 points for St. Marys, but the Irish did a great job defensively on the Blue Devils senior, who shot just four-of-13 from the floor. Clark came into the championship game leading all Class A scorers with 21.5 points per game.
"I'm pretty sure they were triple teaming me," Clark said. "It was just one of those things that my shots weren't falling. I tried my best. Every girl tried their best. It just didn't happen."