March 17, 2017
Box Score | DePaul Postgame Quotes | Postgame Press Conference
STARKVILLE, Miss. - When the calendar turns to March, it's all about three crucial words: Win and advance.
The Blue Demons will continue along that singular path after knocking off Northern Iowa 88-67 Friday in their NCAA tournament opener at Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum.
DePaul (27-7) moves on to Sunday's second round to face the winner of the Mississippi State-Troy game.
Tanita Allen led the way for the Blue Demons with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 5-of-6 from three-point range. Lauren Prochaska had a career-high 12 points along with six assists while Brooke Schulte added 12 points and Amarah Coleman 10.
After Northern Iowa opened the game with a three-pointer, the Blue Demons went on a 14-2 run to seize a 14-5 lead. Three-pointers by Lauren Prochaska, Allen and Kelly Campbell helped stake DePaul to a 22-9 advantage after one quarter. The team from Lincoln Park hit 4-of-7 from behind the arc in the first 10 minutes.
Allen converted a four-point play and followed with another three-pointer to make it 35-16 at the second quarter media timeout. Her team had hit six of its first nine attempts from three-point land.
Staying hot from long distance, Allen made her first five from beyond the arc and was 6-for-6 overall in leading the Blue Demons to a 51-33 halftime lead. The sophomore from Young scored 15 points in the second quarter as DePaul shot 60.6 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three-point range.
Allen's off-balance layup resulting in a three-point play followed by a Prochaska layup provided a 62-38 lead midway through the third quarter. Allen's off-balance buzzer-beating bank shot sent DePaul into the fourth quarter with a 74-48 margin.
-DePaul won its NCAA opener for the seventh time in the last eight years.
-DePaul outrebounded the Panthers 40-29 and made 11 three-pointers in 24 attempts (45.8 percent).
-The 11 three-pointers ties the program record for second-most in an NCAA tournament game.
-Allen's five from deep is ties the program record for third-most in an NCAA tournament game.
-The Blue Demons' 21 assists ties the program record for third-most in an NCAA tournament game.
-Coach Doug Bruno's team has won 11 of its last 13 games.
- The 88 team points rank fourth in program history for the Blue Demons in the NCAA tournament.
- Allen is just the sixth DePaul player in program history to hit five three-pointers in an NCAA tournament game.
-Prochaska scored a career-high 12 points and surpassed the 100 mark for the season in assists.
-The Blue Demons lead the all-time season series with Northern Iowa at 4-0 and are 1-0 at a neutral site.