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