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DePaul Dials Up a Long-Distance Championship
March 6, 2018

CHICAGO - For a 10-minute span on Tuesday night, it was raining threes in the South Loop.

The Blue Demons lit up Wintrust Arena in the second quarter drilling eight 3-pointers that set the tone for a 98-63 triumph over Marquette and their third BIG EAST Tournament title in the last five years. DePaul (26-7) receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Ashton Millender led the long-distance barrage going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in that definitive period that saw the Blue Demons outscore Marquette 30-12.

Tournament Most Outstanding Player Amarah Coleman topped the scoring parade with a career-high 27 points as all five starters finished in double figures. Ashton Millender had 16 points and six rebounds while Chante Stonewall added 14 points and a career-high 11 boards. That was the sophomore's third double-double in the last four games.

All-Tournament selection Mart'e Grays turned in a complete effort with 14 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. All-Tournament guard Kelly Campbell contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds along with five assists and three steals. Lauren Prochaska had a game-high eight assists.

It was fast and furious from the opening tip with two teams that love to get up and down the court as they entertained a FS1 national TV audience. Sticky defense enabled the Blue Demons to force a couple of early turnovers as Coleman ignited an 8-0 run.

After Allazia Blockton answered with drive in the lane, Tanita Allen's five points and a Stonewall score made it 18-10 at the media timeout with less than three minutes left in the opening quarter.

Back came the Marquette (23-9) as Amani Wilborn sparked a 7-0 burst. Grays answered by scoring the final four points of the quarter to put DePaul in front 22-17.


 

 

The home team came out on fire from deep at the outset of the second quarter. Prochaska, Coleman, and Millender (twice) buried threes in a 12-2 surge to secure a 34-21 lead and force Marquette to call timeout. The Blue Demons were 7-of-12 from distance at that point.

They wound up knocking down eight with Grays hitting one and Millender a pair to close out a quarter that had a rowdy Wintrust crowd screaming with every swish. DePaul went into its halftime locker room leading 52-29.

There was no letup after intermission. Threes by Grays, Campbell and Stonewall increased the margin to 71-40 with 3:40 left. Coach Doug Bruno's team had knocked down 14 from distance at that point, three shy of the BIG EAST Tournament record. DePaul finished 16-of-35 and set a tournament mark with 40 threes.

Back-to-back baskets by Campbell made it 83-48 going into the fourth quarter. Both Campbell and Stonewall had double-doubles after three quarters.

Postgame Notes
--The Blue Demons have won 12 of their last 13.
--They set a tournament record with 40 three-pointers in their three games, surpassing Providence's 31 in 1993. The 98 points is a championship game record, and the 112 three-point attempts is a tournament record.
--The Blue Demons averaged 87 points a game for the tournament and won by an average of 31 points a game.
--Their record in BIG EAST Tournament games is 20-10 and 3-1 in championship games.
--They have won 12 of their last 14 games in the BIG EAST postseason.
--Coleman was named Most Outstanding Player while Campbell and Grays were selected to the all-tournament team. Grays had a career high six assists.
--Campbell recorded her 10th career double-double and Stonewall her third in the last four games. Stonewall had a career high 11 rebounds
--This was the 1000th game Doug Bruno has coached at DePaul.
--In 15 of their last 18 games, the Blue Demons have reached double figures in three-pointers.
--Campbell notched her 14th game this season with 10 or more rebounds and has 230 in her last 22 games.
--Millender has scored in double figures for the ninth game in a row.
--Coleman came away with a career-high 27 points, and her team's 52 rebounds is a season high---surpassing the 51 they pulled down on Monday.
--The Blue Demons lead the all-time series against Marquette 44-27.