Blue Demons Take Down Marquette 95-83
Jan. 29, 2018
CHICAGO - When the top two teams in a conference go head-to-head, it usually means an explosive evening of entertainment and some high-energy hoops.
DePaul and Marquette certainly lived up to all the hype Monday night as Kelly Campbell's career-high 20 points sparked the Blue Demons to a 95-83 victory at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Along with Campbell (20 points, nine rebounds, six assists), five of her teammates scored in double figures. Ashton Millender had 16 points and Amarah Coleman racked up 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Chante Stonewall finished with 14 points and eight boards while Mart'e Grays added 12 points and six rebounds. Tanita Allen pitched in with 10 points.
The Blue Demons opened the fourth quarter with an 10-2 burst and Allen's three plus two Lauren Prochaska free throws provided a 79-64 lead, forcing the Golden Eagles to call timeout. Prochaska had an outstanding all-around game (eight points, six rebounds, four assists, prompting DePaul coach Doug Bruno to say: "We would not have won without her."
DePaul (16-6, 8-2) went up by as much as 15 and closed out Marquette (14-7, 8-2) down the stretch.
The Blue Demons came away with a 44-40 halftime lead despite shooting just 4-of-21 from three-point range in the first two quarters.
Campbell took over in the third quarter with a jumper, three-point shot and sharp assist to a wide-open Stonewall for a layup and a 57-46 lead---the biggest margin of the game at that point. The Golden Eagles called timeout to slow the Campbell roll.
The strategy worked as Marquette responded with six unanswered points, trimming its deficit to five. DePaul stormed back to lead by seven only to see the Golden Eagles come within two. A pair of Campbell free throws and a Millender three from beyond NBA range made it 69-62 heading into the final 10 minutes.
This game had a much better beginning for DePaul than the Jan. 4 loss at Marquette when the visiting team fell behind by 19 in the first quarter.
It was close throughout the first 10 minutes, and Campbell's three-pointer just before the media timeout brought the Blue Demons within 14-11. That shot from deep ignited a 12-1 DePaul run for a 20-15 lead after Prochaska connected from behind the arc.
Allen was aggressive from the moment she entered the game, following up a strong performance in her last game against Georgetown. Her three put the home team up by six---its biggest advantage of the first quarter. Marquette narrowed the gap to 25-22 after one quarter.
The Golden Eagles opened the second quarter with a 10-3 burst in assuming a 32-28 lead. Coleman's jumper made it 32-30 at the media timeout.
It was a one-possession game until Campbell scored DePaul's final seven points of the second quarter to send her team into halftime with a 44-40 lead.
Campbell had 10 points at the break while Stonewall had eight points and seven rebounds and Coleman had eight points.
The Blue Demons will be back at McGrath-Phillips Arena Friday for a BIG EAST game against Creighton that will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago.
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