It's Crunch Time in BIG EAST Title Race
Feb. 15, 2018
CHICAGO – There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned pennant race to energize a fan base and get the juices flowing.
That’s the situation heading into the stretch run of the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title chase. No. 24 DePaul (12-2) is in first place and faces Georgetown (6-8) on Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. One game off the pace is talented and dangerous Marquette at 11-3.
Right behind those two is Villanova (10-4) which goes head-to-head against the Blue Demons on Sunday at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Creighton is right behind the Wildcats at 9-5.
The Blue Demons (20-6 overall) control their own destiny. If they can prevail in their final four conference games, the regular-season crown will reside in Lincoln Park for the fifth year in a row.
They will be going for the first of one-in-a-row wearing plenty of pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
Coach Doug Bruno’s team has won six-straight games and 10 of its last 11 while putting up double figures in three-pointers in nine of the last 11 outings. Kelly Campbell has been on a rebounding binge with 162 in her last 15 games.
It was quite a road trip last weekend as the Blue Demons defeated Butler on Friday night and Xavier on Sunday. In the process, the program racked up 20 wins for the 11th consecutive season and 26th time overall in DePaul women’s basketball history.
Bruno won No. 700 in his Hall of Fame career on Friday and Amarah Coleman became a 1,000-point scorer for her collegiate career on Sunday. Coleman scored 225 points her freshman year at Illinois.
The Blue Demons lead the country in three-pointers per game and are second in three-point field goals and three-point attempts. They are No. 4 in assists, No. 5 in assists per game, No. 6 in assist-turnover ratio and No. 7 in scoring offense.
Campbell is No. 3 in NCAA Division I in assist-turnover ratio and No. 19 in assists. The 5-foot, 10-inch guard leads the Blue Demons in rebounding, assists, steals and free throw percentage. Mart'e Grays is the leading scorer at 14.8 points per game followed by Millender (12.9), Coleman (12.12), Campbell (11), Chante Stonewall (10.6) and Tanita Allen (9.5).
Georgetown is coming off a 71-63 loss at home against St. John's last Sunday. The Hoyas' big three had productive numbers with Mikayla Venson scoring 18 points, Dionna White 17 points and Cynthia Petke 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. White tops Georgetown at 17.7 points per game followed by Venson at 14.5 and Petke averaging 12.5 points and 9.9 rebounds.
In the first meeting on Jan. 21, DePaul knocked off the Hoyas 78-62 in Washington, D.C. behind Grays’ 22 points, 16 points from Coleman, 15 points and 11 rebounds from Allen and Millender’s 10 points. The Blue Demons were red-hot from distance, knocking down 15-of-31 threes including 7-of-8 in the first quarter.
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