No. 24 DePaul Drops 86-85 Nail-biter to Georgetown
Feb. 16, 2018
CHICAGO – Coach Doug Bruno had a game-winning play all drawn up and his players executed it just the way he wanted.
Except for the final shots as No. 24 DePaul came up just short 86-85 to Georgetown Friday night.
With nine seconds left, Kelly Campbell caught the inbounds pass and did a give-and-go with Mart’e Grays. Campbell, who had a career-high 13 assists, found Amarah Coleman for a good look from the corner---a shot Coleman hits consistently.
This time, the senior guard’s attempt bounced off the rim. Ashton Millender grabbed a huge offensive rebound, but her put-back missed as time expired.
The setback left the Blue Demons at 20-7 and 12-3 in the BIG EAST, tied for first place with Marquette (18-8, 12-3) which had beaten Villanova earlier in the day.
There are just three games left in the conference season for DePaul and the Golden Eagles in their battle for BIG EAST regular-season supremacy.
Millender led the Blue Demons with 19 points and Coleman scored 18 points. Grays contributed 13 points and Chante Stonewall finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Campbell earned her seventh double-double of the season with 10 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Dionna White scored a game-high 33 points and Cynthia Petke had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Georgetown (12-13, 7-8).
A 5-0 Hoyas spurt gave the visiting team an 80-79 lead with three minutes to go in the game. Stonewall and Didi Burton exchanged a pair of free throws. White hit two foul shots and Georgetown led 84-81 with 56 seconds left.
A Grays score inside followed by a pair of Coleman free throws put DePaul ahead 85-84 with 23 seconds on the clock. Morgan Smith’s two free throws with nine seconds to go were the winning points.
A Deja Cage three provided a 72-64 lead early in the fourth quarter, but White kept up her scoring assault and helped her team come within two. Another Millender three-pointer off a Campbell feed made it 79-75 DePaul at the media timeout.
Campbell’s 12th assist set a career high that she surpassed later in the quarter.
Up 40-34 entering the third quarter, the Blue Demons saw that advantage shrink to 42-40. An 8-2 burst restored an eight-point edge, but White kept hitting shots as Georgetown was within 55-52 with 2:21 left.
Another White basket cut the lead to three when Grays and Coleman scored back-to-back for a 61-54 lead heading into the fourth quarter. White had 26 points after three quarters.
Millender came out in attack mode from the opening tip, aggressively looking for her shot. Her baseline jumper and three-pointer ignited an 8-2 burst for an 18-10 lead at the first quarter media break.
Campbell’s three extended the run to 11-2 before Georgetown retaliated. The Hoyas scored the final six points of the quarter and cut DePaul’s advantage to 21-16.
Georgetown’s 9-2 run at the outset of the second quarter put the visiting team on top 25-23 at the media timeout. The Blue Demon offense was struggling with missed opportunities and turnovers, going scoreless for nearly three minutes.
Deja Cage’s three-ball launched her team on a 17-6 run with Millender contributing a pair of foul shots and a couple of three-pointers. White’s three just ahead of the buzzer cut the Blue Demon lead to 40-34 at halftime.
Millender had 16 points at the break and was 4-of-5 from distance. Campbell kept finding Millender with sharp passes and had seven assists. White had 16 points for the Hoyas.
DePaul returns to McGrath-Phillips Arena on Sunday for a BIG EAST showdown against Villanova that tips at 2 p.m. and will be televised by FS1.
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