BIG EAST Showdown Thursday Night in Milwaukee
Jan. 3, 2018

RV/RV DePaul at NR/RV Marquette
Thursday, Jan. 4 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Al McGuire Center | Milwaukee, Wis.
Live Stats: Gametracker
Game Notes: DePaul

CHICAGO – Before the first shot had been launched, coaches in the BIG EAST determined that Marquette and DePaul were the most likely teams to claim the conference regular-season title.

The Golden Eagles are the defending BIG EAST tournament champion and were deemed the preseason favorite. DePaul had won or shared four consecutive regular-season crowns, and there was no reason why coach Doug Bruno’s elite program would stall on its drive for five.

All of which serves to fire up partisans from both fan bases as the two BIG EAST powerhouses collide on Thursday night at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

This early showdown will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago (NBCSCH) and also shown on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Patrick Reed and Trish Babcock McGraw on the call.

The last time these longtime rivals met was on this very same court back on March 7, 2017 when Marquette topped the Blue Demons 86-78 for the BIG EAST tournament title.



DePaul comes into Thursday’s matchup with a 10-4 record, 2-0 in conference. The Blue Demons’ signature win was edging then-No. 22/21 Oklahoma 111-108 in overtime on Nov. 13.

That was the night Bruno’s team matched a program record with 19 three-pointers---which DePaul duplicated last Thursday in an 89-66 victory over Seton Hall in its BIG EAST opener.

Marquette (8-5, 2-0) has yet to beat a Top 25 team but did take both No. 2/2 Notre Dame and No. 7/7 Tennessee into overtime.

BIG EAST Player of the Week Kelly Campbell made sure the Blue Demons got off to a fast start in conference with her first career triple-double (11 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in the Seton Hall win. It was only the fourth time in DePaul’s 43-year history of women’s basketball that the feat had been accomplished.

Just 48 hours later, the multi-talented sophomore guard nearly made it two in a row with 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in a 76-67 victory over St. John’s. She would have become the first BIG EAST player to record consecutive triple-doubles.

Campbell will enter the McGuire Center averaging a triple-double (10.5 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in BIG EAST play.

The unselfish facilitator  triggers a balanced scoring attack with six Blue Demons averaging in double figures. Ashton Millender is putting up 14.6 points a game and is followed by Mart'e Grays (13.7), Amarah Coleman (12.4), Chante Stonewall (11.5), Campbell (10.7) and Tanita Allen (10.5).

Campbell has 40 rebounds in the last three games and has made 20 free throws in a row since going 6-for-7 against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 23. She leads the team in rebounds, assists, steals and free throw percentage.

Coleman needs 136 more points this season to achieve the 1,000-point career milestone while Bruno needs nine more wins to reach 700 for his 32-year career.

DePaul leads the nation in three-pointers per game and is second in three-pointers and three-point attempts. The Blue Demons are fourth in assists, sixth in assists per game and assist-turnover ratio, seventh in scoring offense, No. 13 in turnover margin and No. 24 in steals.

Campbell is No. 3 in the country in assist-turnover ratio and No. 16 in assists. Millender is No. 15 in three-pointers and No. 18 in three-point attempts.

The Blue Demons lead the BIG EAST in eight statistical categories including scoring offense, assists, three-pointers and assist-turnover ratio. Campbell leads the conference in assist-turnover ratio and is second in assists and steals. Stonewall is tops in three-point percentage while Millender is tied for first in three-pointers per game and second in three-pointers.

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