Three-Point Shootout Looms on Friday Night
Jan. 18, 2018

RV DePaul at Villanova
Friday, Jan. 19 | 6:00 PM (CT)
Jake Nevin Field House | Villanova, Pa.
TV: BEDN
Live Stats: Gametracker
Game Notes: DePaul

CHICAGO – A critical 10-day period could well determine the outcome of the BIG EAST Conference race.

It all begins on Friday with DePaul (14-5, 6-1) on the road to face a talented Villanova team that is receiving votes in both national polls and leads the league with an NCAA RPI of 13.

Two days later, Villanova (14-4, 4-3) and first-place Marquette (13-5, 7-0) tangle. On Jan. 29, the Blue Demons collide with Marquette at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

But, first things, first. DePaul will be shooting for its fifth consecutive BIG EAST win at 6 p.m. Friday at the Jake Nevin Field House. Blue Demons fans can follow the action on the BIG EAST Digital Network which can be accessed at foxsportsgo.com.

Both teams are avid proponents of the three-point shot which could signal a long-distance shootout Friday night.

Coach Doug Bruno’s ball club has been on a roll of late, winning its last four games with an average victory margin of nearly 26 points. The Blue Demons beat Xavier by 31 points and Creighton by 28.


 

 

Leading the way is forward Mart'e Grays who has scored in double figures the last seven games and been selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on consecutive weeks.

In BIG EAST play, Grays is averaging nearly 17 points a game and shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

Ashton Millender is scoring at a 13.7 clip in conference and also converting 44 percent of her attempts from deep. Kelly Campbell is almost averaging a double-double in league play at 11 points and 9.9 rebounds. She also leads the BIG EAST in assists at 6.6 a game.

In all games, DePaul has five players averaging in double figures with Grays (14.5), Millender (13.9), Amarah Coleman (11.9), Chante Stonewall (10.9) and Campbell (10.8).

They are the nucleus of one of the most potent attacks in the nation. DePaul is No. 1 in the country in three-point baskets and three-pointers per game. Going hand-in-hand with that stat, Bruno’s team is No. 2 in the nation in assists. Combining those two elements results in the No. 6 scoring offense in NCAA Division I.

Campbell is the caretaker of this scoring machine, keeping it humming with an assist-turnover ratio that is second in the country. The sophomore from Wall, N.J. is also No. 16 in assists. Millender is among the most dangerous long-distance threats in the land, ranking No. 17 in three-pointers.

Villanova, which upset national power Duke earlier in the season, has all of its losses in conference to Creighton, Butler and St. John’s. The Wildcats are led by Kelly Jekot (12.3 points per game), Adrianna Hahn (11.9) and Mary Gedaka (10.7). Coach Harry Perretta’s well-disciplined team is holding opponents to 58.4 points per game.

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