DePaul Ready for a Super Game on Sunday
Feb. 3, 2018
Providence at RV DePaul
CHICAGO – Ever the promoter for women’s basketball, DePaul coach Doug Bruno could not think of a better prelude for Sunday’s Super Bowl than heading over to McGrath-Phillips Arena for some BIG EAST hoops.
The Blue Demons take on Providence looking for their eighth win in nine games in a matchup that tips at 2 p.m. and will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago with Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw on the call. It will also be shown on the BIG EAST Digital Network which can be accessed at foxsportsgo.com.
“Come on out and experience our fast-paced and entertaining style of play known as ‘DePaulBall’ and you’ll be back home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl that starts at 5:30,” Bruno said with a glint in his eye.
The Blue Demons have won seven of their last eight games in the BIG EAST behind their trademark balanced attack featuring six players that scored in double figures. In eight times this season there have been six Blue Demons that scored in double figures.
Bruno’s team has reached double figures from beyond the arc in seven of its last eight games and lead the country in three-pointers.
Ashton Millender leads the BIG EAST in threes and is No. 20 in the nation, connecting on 40 percent of her shots (66-of-164).
In addition to leading the country in three-point shooting, the Blue Demons are No. 1 in three-pointers per game and three-point attempts, No. 5 in assists per game and assist-turnover ratio and No. 9 in scoring offense.
The 5-foot, 10-inch Campbell also has 129 rebounds in her last 12 games after her 15-rebound performance in Friday night’s 77-67 win over Creighton. That was one shy of her career high. She leads the Blue Demons in rebounding, assists, steals and free throw percentage. Mart'e Grays is the leading scorer at 14.9 points per game followed by Millender (13.1), Amarah Coleman (12.1), Campbell (10.9), Chante Stonewall (10.1) and Tanita Allen (10).
Bruno comes into Sunday’s game needing two more wins for 700 in his iconic Hall of Fame career.
Providence (9-15, 2-10) has lost eight of its last nine BIG EAST games including Friday night’s 94-61 setback at Marquette. The Friars’ leading scorer Jovana Nogic had 18 points against the Golden Eagles but could not match the 28 points from Isabelle Spingola who was 7-of-10 from three-point range.
In the first encounter with DePaul back on Jan. 7, Providence fell 71-48 on its home court. Grays led the way for the Blue Demons with 15 points while Coleman had nine points and 12 rebounds
Nogic is the leading threat for the Friars averaging 17.1 points a game while Maddie Jolin is scoring 11.5 points per game.
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