DePaul Faces Seton Hall Sunday in BIG EAST Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018
CHICAGO – DePaul takes the Wintrust Arena Court Sunday on a quest to win its third BIG EAST Tournament title in the last five years.
The Blue Demons (23-7) will face Seton Hall (16-14) at 6 p.m. on FS1 in a rematch of their regular-season showdown seven days ago.
That was when DePaul held off a late Seton Hall run to emerge with a 72-68 victory in South Orange, N.J. behind Ashton Millender’s 16 points and Chante Stonewall’s first career double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
It brought coach Doug Bruno and his program their fifth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title.
The Blue Demons are 9-2 in BIG EAST Tournament play since the league was realigned heading into the 2013-14 season. They are 2-0 against Seton Hall since joining the BIG EAST in 2005. DePaul is 17-10 overall in BIG EAST postseason play.
DePaul repeated as BIG EAST tournament champion on March 10, 2015 after a 78-68 victory over Seton Hall in the title game at Allstate Arena. Megan Podkowa led the way with 19 points and Chanise Jenkins added 15.
At last year’s tournament in Milwaukee, the Blue Demons knocked off Seton Hall 92-60 as Chante Stonewall scored 20 points and Brooke Schulte 16.
They claimed their first BIG EAST postseason title on March 11, 2014 with a 65-57 victory over St. John’s at Allstate Arena behind Brittany Hrynko’s 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
This season’s balanced attack features five players averaging in double figures led by All-BIG EAST First Team selection Mart’e Grays Grays at 14.4 points per game followed by Ashton Millender (13.5), Amarah Coleman (12.1), All-BIG EAST first-teamer Kelly Campbell (10.5) and Chante Stonewall (10.5).
Bruno’s team has finished in double figures from three-point range an impressive 22 times in 30 games this season. The most accurate from beyond the arc have been Millender (.413 shooting percentage), Stonewall (.405), Grays (.368) and Campbell (.354).
Campbell has been on a rebounding binge with 202 in her last 19 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. 5 in assists per game, No. 6 in assists and assist-turnover ratio and No. 10 in scoring offense.
Campbell is No. 2 in nation in assist-turnover ratio, No. 19 in assists and No. 23 in assists per game. Millender is No. 25 in three-pointers. Lauren Prochaska is No. 29 in assist-turnover ratio.
Seton Hall is coming off a 66-42 win over Xavier Saturday night in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. Nicole Jimenez had 12 points and Shadeen Samuels 10 points and nine rebounds.
JaQuan Jackson leads the team averaging nearly 12 points per game and Taylor Brown is scoring 10 points a game.
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