DePaul Falls to Mississippi State 92-71
March 19, 2017

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - No matter the outcome, No. 19/19 DePaul wanted to leave it all on the Humphrey Coliseum floor Sunday afternoon.

That's what the Blue Demons did in a 92-71 loss to No. 2 seed Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

Jessica January led DePaul (27-8) with 18 points and nine assists while Brooke Schulte finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Tanita Allen added 13 points.

Jacqui Grant picked up her fourth foul with 5:12 left in the third quarter. Mississippi State took off on an 18-2 run for a 61-43 lead. The Blue Demons closed out the quarter with a 7-2 spurt and trailed 61-50 going into the fourth quarter.


It was a turning point in the game as No. 7 seed DePaul was outscored 23-13 in the quarter.
The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to build a 69-50 lead. Jessica January snapped that with a three-pointer. January hit another three to make it 74-56 with 4:52 left.

DePaul jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the opening tip and missed a couple opportunities for a bigger margin. Mississippi State (31-4) responded with a 7-0 burst.

The Bulldogs took a four-point lead when DePaul went on a 12-4 run in moving ahead 17-13 after a Schulte steal and layup. The home team scored the final four points of the quarter and it was tied 17-17 after the first 10 minutes.

Chante Stonewall made a big contribution off the bench when Jacqui Grant picked up her second foul. Stonewall hit a big three-pointer and also scored on a rebound. Stonewall's second from long distance tied it 26-26.

Mississippi State had gone ahead by two when Amarah Coleman converted a three-point play. Back came the Bulldogs with a four-point burst and a 32-29 advantage midway through the second quarter. Grant picked up her third foul and headed for the bench.

Tanita Allen attacked the imposing Bulldog front line and turned her driving bank shot into a three-point play to make it 32-32. Making use of its height advantage, Mississippi State worked the ball inside to move in front 38-34. Back came Allen with a three-pointer and the Blue Demons went into halftime within 38-37.

Postgame Notes
-January's nine assists ties for third-most in an NCAA tournament game in program history.

-The Blue Demons 26 rebounds to set a new season record for total rebounds.

-Coach Doug Bruno's team finished the season winning 12 of its last 15 games.

-Brooke Schulte played in her 137th game as a Blue Demon, third all-time in program history.

-The Blue Demons lead the all-time season series with Mississippi State at 4-1 and are 0-1 on the road.
 

 

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