DePaul Aiming for BIG EAST Bounce Back
Jan. 6, 2018
CHICAGO – Look for a more aggressive, scrappy Blue Demon team to take the Alumni Hall court on Sunday when DePaul matches up with Providence in the BIG EAST Conference.
Also watch for a faster start after the Blue Demons (10-5, 2-1) fell behind 19-4 in the first quarter against Marquette on Thursday night during their first conference loss, 93-81. They did rally late to cut the deficit to a single digit.
A characteristic of coach Doug Bruno’s program down through the years is the tendency to bounce back big-time after a setback.
Just this season, the Blue Demons topped then-No. 22/21 Oklahoma 111-108 in overtime after losing the season opener to Northern Colorado. After a loss to Florida Gulf Coast, they knocked off Memphis 81-67.
A loss to No. 1/1 Connecticut was followed by a resounding 92-63 triumph over local rival Northwestern. After a narrow loss to No. 2/2 Notre Dame, DePaul responded with an 85-71 victory over IUPUI.
Campbell racked up her third consecutive double-double Thurday with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. That followed up her triple-double against Seton Hall and coming one assist away from a repeat triple-double against St. John’s.
In league games, the 5-foot, 10-inch guard is averaging nearly a triple-double with 12.7 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Stonewall is averaging nearly 12 points a game in BIG EAST play and came away with 13 points and eight rebounds against Marquette.
Juniors Mart'e Grays and Ashton Millender are also off to fast starts in conference action. In the three league games, Grays leads DePaul at 17.7 points per game while Millender is averaging 14.7 points and has connected on a team-high 12 three-pointers in 28 attempts (.429).
The Blue Demons lead the nation in three-pointers per game and are second in three-point baskets and attempts. They are fourth in assists and No. 7 in scoring offense, assists per game and assist-turnover ratio.
Campbell is fourth in the country in assist-turnover ratio and No. 13 in assists. Millender is No. 14 in three-point baskets and No. 17 in long-distance attempts.
Senior guard Amarah Coleman is 120 points away from becoming a 1,000-point scorer in her career. Bruno needs nine more wins to reach the 700 plateau in his coaching career.
DePaul leads the BIG EAST in eight categories including scoring offense, assists, three-pointers and assist-turnover ratio.
Campbell leads the league in assists and assist-turnover ratio and is third in steals and fourth in free throw percentage.
Stonewall is No. 1 in three-point percentage and third in field goal percentage while Millender leads the BIG EAST in three-pointers and three-pointers per game.
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