DePaul's Long-Range Shooting Too Much for Creighton
Jan. 10, 2018

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OMAHA, Neb.  – When contenders collide, it usually makes for a pretty entertaining evening.

The Blue Demons made 10 of their first 13 from three-point range and went on to post an 82-54 BIG EAST victory over Creighton Wednesday night at Sokol Arena.

DePaul (12-5), 4-1) finished 14-of-26 (nearly 54 percent) from deep and was led by Ashton Millender’s 13 points. Kelly Campbell had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Tanita Allen had 12 points while Chante Stonewall and Mart’e Grays each scored 11.

Millender, Campbell and Allen hit three-pointers early to establish a 12-8 lead at the first media timeout. That developed into a 12-0 Blue Demon run and an 18-8 advantage after the first quarter. DePaul shot 64 percent in the first 10 minutes and was 3-of-4 from deep.

A Grays three-pointer midway through the second quarter upped the margin to 31-19. At that point, Grays was a single point away from her fifth-straight game in double figures.

The Blue Demons maintained a double-digit cushion in the second quarter, and a Campbell three just ahead of the shot-clock buzzer gave her team its biggest lead of the game at 43-28. DePaul went into the halftime locker room ahead by 13 points.

Long-distance strikes ignited the offense in the first half as coach Doug Bruno’s team went 8-for-11 (nearly 73 percent) from beyond the arc. Grays, Allen and Campbell each had a pair of threes.

Coleman opened the third quarter with consecutive threes, and Millender’s cutting layup provided a 53-33 lead with 7:32 left in the period. Millender’s three-pointer sent the Blue Demons into the fourth quarter leading 61-35. DePaul held Creighton to five points in the quarter.

The Blue Demons play their third game in six days Friday against Xavier in a BIG EAST matchup that will tip off at 4:30 p.m. at Wintrust Arena. It’s their first home game since Dec. 30.

Postgame Notes
--Holding the Bluejays to five points was the best defensive quarter of the season for DePaul.
--DePaul is halfway through a rugged stretch of four games in eight days.
--Friday’s game at Wintrust Arena will tip at 4:30 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 5 p.m.
--Grays has reached double figures in the last five games.
---Campbell has 71 rebounds in the last six games and recorded her fourth double-double of the season.
--Amarah Coleman needs 103 points to reach the 1,000-point career milestone.
--Bruno needs seven more wins for 700 in his iconic career.
--The Blue Demons lead the all-time series against Creighton 10-2.


 

 

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