BIG EAST Race Goes Down to the Wire
Feb. 22, 2018
CHICAGO – It all comes down to this.
The final two games of the BIG EAST Conference season this weekend will determine whether DePaul can claim its fifth consecutive regular-season title.
It begins at 6 p.m. Friday night with a road game against guard-oriented St. John’s that will be shown on the BIG EAST Digital Network that can be accessed at foxsportsgo.com.
The Blue Demons (21-7, 13-3) and Marquette (19-8, 13-3) are tied for the top spot with the Golden Eagles taking on Seton Hall on Friday. On Sunday, DePaul visits Seton Hall and Marquette comes to St. John’s.
Coach Doug Bruno is hoping his well-balanced attack with five players averaging in double figures is operating at peak efficiency spreading the floor, sharing the ball, pushing the pace and knocking down shots.
His team has finished in double figures from three-point range an impressive 20 times in 28 games this season. The most accurate from beyond the arc have been Chante Stonewall with a .418 shooting percentage followed by Ashton Millender (.414), Mart'e Grays (.375) and Kelly Campbell (.373).
Millender was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 19 points and shooting a sizzling .571 from deep last week. The 5-10 Campbell has been on a rebounding binge with 181 in her last 17 games. She leads the team in that category along with assists, steals and free throw percentage.
The Blue Demons lead the country in three-pointers per game and are second three-point field goals and attempts. They are No. 4 in the nation in assists, No. 5 in assists per game, No. 6 in assist-turnover ratio and No. 9 in scoring offense.
Campbell is No. 3 in NCAA Division I in assist-turnover ratio, No. 15 in assists and No. 22 in assists per game. Millender is No. 25 in three-pointers.
St. John's (16-11, 9-7) is coming off a 75-56 win at home against Seton Hall last Friday. The Red Storm's talented backcourt trio of Alisha Kebbe (20 points), Qadashah Hoppie (18) and Akina Wellere (11) combined for 49 points and went a combined 8-for-12 from three-point range. St. John's built a 61-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Hoppie leads the team averaging 11.2 points per game followed by Maya Singleton (11.1 points, 11.3 rebounds), Kebbe (10.3) and Wellere (10.1).
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