On a Cold Winter's Night, DePaul Makes it Rain
Dec. 28, 2017
CHICAGO -- It may have been wickedly cold outside Thursday night, but inside McGrath-Phillips Arena, the Blue Demons were making it rain.
Tying a program record with 19 three-pointers, DePaul began its quest for a fifth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title with an 89-66 victory over Seton Hall.
Kelly Campbell had a memorable night recording the fourth triple-double in the 43-year history of DePaul women's basketball with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. She needed one assist late in the game to accomplish the feat and set up Ashton Millender (21 points, seven 3-pointers) on back-to-back threes.
"You know when you pass the ball to Ash, it's going down," Campbell said. "When I need an assist, I just pass it to her.
"My teammates were making shots, and I couldn't have done it without them."
Campbell's magic moment came with 2:04 left in the game on a feed to Millender in the corner. Jessica January had the last triple-double on Feb. 26, 2017 against Georgetown.
A stat to warm coach Doug Bruno's heart on a cold winter's night---his team had 29 assists on 31 baskets as DePaul improved to 9-4.
Consecutive three-pointers from Campbell, Lauren Prochaska and Millender launched DePaul to a 17-8 lead midway through the first quarter.
Grays and Stonewall continued the marksmanship from deep in closing out the first quarter with back-to-back threes. It gave the home team a 26-13 lead as Grays had eight points and Campbell seven rebounds in the first 10 minutes.
Seven points in a row from Cage provided a 36-18 advantage early in the second quarter. Cage hit a pair from distance and added a foul shot. Grays buried another three and the lead was 21.
A wonderful feed from Campbell to Stonewall for a wide-open layup made it 46-22 with 3:35 until halftime. At that moment, DePaul was shooting 50 percent from deep.
It was 48-29 at the break as the Blue Demons' 11 three-pointers were eight shy of tying the program record. Grays had 11 points while Cage and Stonewall each had nine and Campbell was raising the possibility of a triple-double with six points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The three-point barrage continued into the third quarter as Campbell and Millender connected and DePaul pushed its advantage to 25.
A pair of Campbell foul shots and a Millender three increased the lead to 27 points. Campbell has made 20 free throws in a row. The Blue Demons went into the fourth quarter with a 66-48 lead. Campbell had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Campbell picked up another rebound and an assist early in the fourth quarter and was one helper away from one of the game's most coveted statistic. Seton Hall dropped to 8-4.
The Blue Demons are right back at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday for a 7 p.m. BIG EAST showdown against St. John's.
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