DePaul Wins Fifth-Straight BIG EAST Title
Feb. 25, 2018

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – It was a crowning achievement for coach Doug Bruno and his players Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium.

Their 72-68 victory over Seton Hall in the conference finale brought DePaul its fifth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title.

It is the first time in the 44-year history of the program that the Blue Demons have won five league titles in a row.

DePaul (23-7, 15-3) held off a late Seton Hall rally as Kelly Campbell’s two free throws and three by Ashton Millender in the final 12.5 seconds preserved the win.

Millender led the Blue Demons with 16 points and Chante Stonewall came away with her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren Prochaska and Tanita Allen each added 11 points and Campbell grabbed 11 rebounds.

A Seton Hall surge in the third quarter tightened the game to 57-51 going into the fourth quarter. Consecutive Stonewall scores and an Amarah Coleman three-pointer put their team in front 64-56 in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Seton Hall (15-14, 7-11) came within thee until Campbell and Millender went to work at the line.

Millender’s three and a Stonewall score inside helped their team stave off Seton Hall early in the third quarter. It was 49-41 DePaul with 4:54 to go in the period. Seton Hall made a run to close within 49-46 with 3:14 left. A five-point spurt allowed the Blue Demons to take a 57-51 lead into the fourth quarter.

DePaul started slowly and trailed 9-5 at the first quarter media timeout. The Blue Demons were 2-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first quarter and trailed 20-15 after the first 10 minutes. Seton Hall’s best player JaQuan Jackson made three of her first five from distance.

The Blue Demons made a move early in the second quarter sparked by three-pointers from Millender and Lauren Prochaska. Millender hustled for a rebound basket to provide a 25-23 lead at the second quarter media timeout.

Seton Hall pulled ahead by one when Dee Bekelja and Allen went back-to-back from deep in producing a 31-26 lead with 4:26 to go in the quarter. That was the beginning of a 14-0 run that turned the game around as Millender and Chante Stonewall also connected from three-point range.

Outscoring the Pirates 24-8 in the second quarter resulted in a 39-28 lead at halftime as Bruno’s team went 6-for-12 from distance. Millender scored 10 points in the quarter and Kelly Campbell had eight rebounds. Allen had a good first half making 3-of-4 shots including both of her three-point attempts.

The Blue Demons are back in action next Sunday at 6 p.m. in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals at Wintrust Arena.

Postgame Notes
--The Blue Demons have won nine of their last 10.
--DePaul has notched double figures in three-pointers in 12 of their last 15 games.
--Stonewall recorded her first double-double.
--Campbell has 202 rebounds in her last 19 games.
--Millender scored in double figures for the sixth game in a row.
--The Blue Demons lead the all-time series against Seton Hall 17-4.
--Campbell is from Wall, N.J. about an hour’s drive from South Orange.
--Bruno and his team stopped by the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center Saturday on their way to Seton Hall and cheered on the men’s and women’s track teams competing at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships.


 

 

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