Grays Leads DePaul Past Creighton 77-67
Feb. 2, 2018

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CHICAGO - Most people were anticipating an avalanche of three-pointers Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena with two of the BIG EAST's top three long-distance shooting teams squaring off.

Instead, the Blue Demon partisans watched their team come away with a 77-67 victory over Creighton after responding to a late run by the visiting team.

Mart'e Grays led the way tying her career high with 25 points and setting a career high with 10 field goals. Lauren Prochaska played one of her best all-around games of the season tying her career high with 12 points while adding a season-high seven assists.

Chante Stonewall had a strong second half and contributed 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting while Tanita Allen scored 11. Kelly Campbell finished with five points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

The Blue Demons extended a seven-point halftime lead to 43-32 early in the third quarter. Creighton (13-9, 7-5) pulled within 51-44 when an Allen three-pointer and a Campbell three-point play resulted in DePaul (17-6, 9-2) closing out the third quarter on a 10-2 run for a 61-46 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.

Coach Doug Bruno's team maintained that 15-point lead until the Bluejays scored seven unanswered points to creep within 63-55 with 6:50 left in the game. Baskets by Stonewall, Allen and Amarah Coleman helped restore a 69-59 margin.

Back came Creighton to make it 69-65 before DePaul went back ahead by seven with just over two minutes left. It was 72-67 when Grays hit a clutch three for a 75-67 lead with 1:35 remaining. That shot tied her career high with 25 points and set a new career high with 10 field goals.

DePaul fell behind early in the first quarter until Grays scored nine points in a row for an 11-8 lead. Creighton countered with a 7-2 burst for a two-point advantage. Both teams combined to make 14 of their collective 20 shots.

The Bluejays shot 69 percent in the opening 10 minutes to move in front 23-20 after the first quarter.

Grays went back to work early in the second quarter with her personal 6-0 run that provided the home team with a 26-23 advantage. The lead changed hands several times before the Blue Demons closed out the period with an 8-0 burst.

Prochaska cut to the basket for a pair of layups in that run with one coming off a pretty, no-look pass from Grays. That led to a 36-29 halftime lead as Grays scored 15 points in the first 20 minutes while Prochaska had seven points, five assists and three rebounds.

The Blue Demons will be right back at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. BIG EAST game against Providence that will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago.

Postgame Notes
--Grays set a career high with 10 field goals and tied a career best with 25 points.
--Prochaska tied a career high with 12 points and dished out a season-high seven assists.
--Campbell has 129 rebounds in the last 12 games.
--DePaul has a nine-game winning streak in the series.
--The Blue Demons outscored Creighton 16-6 in the second quarter.
--Bruno needs two more wins for 700 in his iconic Hall of Fame career.
--DePaul leads the all-time series against Creighton 11-2.


 

 

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