DePaul Tops Providence and Takes Over First Place
Feb. 4, 2018
CHICAGO – A dominant run at both ends of the court was the difference for DePaul on Sunday.
That resulted in an 81-47 BIG EAST victory over Providence at McGrath-Phillips Arena as the Blue Demons notched their fourth win in a row and eighth in the last nine games.
Combined with Marquette’s one-point loss to Creighton on Sunday, DePaul (18-6, 10-2) took over first place in the BIG EAST Conference race.
Chante Stonewall led the Blue Demons with 15 points and seven rebounds while Mart’e Grays continued her recent roll with 14 points and seven rebounds. Amarah Coleman came through with 13 points and five boards and Kelly Campbell again stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
A 17-0 run starting in the middle of the second quarter provided the Blue Demons with a 34-17 lead. Allen sparked the spurt with a three-point play and a pair of free throws while Stonewall and Campbell connected on back-to-back threes.
Consecutive baskets by that sophomore combo of Campbell and Stonewall culminated the surge. DePaul also locked down Providence on defense in this stretch, holding the Friars scoreless for more than six minutes.
Grays and Coleman got the Blue Demons off to a fast start scoring 12 of the team’s first 19 points. Allen added a rare four-point play as the home team seized a 19-13 lead after the first 10 minutes.
That early success and the defining run sent coach Doug Bruno’s team into its halftime locker room with a 38-19 lead. Grays had nine points and seven rebounds at the break and Allen also had nine points. Stonewall had eight points and five boards at the break.
Campbell and Grays combined to score nine of their team’s first 11 points of the third quarter for a 49-27 lead at the media timeout. At that point, Campbell was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double.
Ashton Millender’s three-point basket followed by a three-point play and Stonewall’s three increased the margin to 60-33 near the end of the third quarter. DePaul went into the fourth quarter leading 64-36.
The Blue Demons head out on a two-game road trip beginning with a 6 p.m. BIG EAST game Friday at Butler.
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