No. 18/17 DePaul Opens BIG EAST Tournament Sunday
March 4, 2017
No. 18/17 DePaul (24-6) vs. Seton Hall (12-18)
Sunday, March 5 | 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Al McGuire Arena | Milwaukee
TV: FS2 | Gametracker
Game Notes: DePaul
MILWAUKEE – The No. 18/17 Blue Demons open up BIG EAST tournament play at 6 p.m. Sunday with a quarterfinal game against Seton Hall.
The game at Al McGuire Arena will be televised by FS2. Gametracker is available while in-game updates can be followed on Twitter -- @DePaulAthletics. DePaul (24-6) has won its fourth consecutive regular-season title and is going for its third conference tournament crown.
Since the BIG EAST was reconfigured in the 2013-14 season, BIG EAST Coach of the Year Doug Bruno’s program is 7-1 in tournament play with titles in 2014 and 2015. DePaul swept Seton Hall (12-18) during the conference season 96-65 on the road and 86-60 at home.
The Blue Demons closed out the regular season with a 79-70 victory last Sunday as Jessica January recorded her second career triple double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in just her second game back after missing two months with a hand injury.
Going into the BIG EAST tournament, only Georgetown had played against the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year (18 minutes) before her injury.
Brooke Schulte was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jacqui Grant was the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Tanita Allen won the Sixth Woman Award. Schulte and Grant were voted All-BIG EAST First Team and Kelly Campbell landed on the All-Freshman Team.
Bruno’s team is fifth in the nation in assists, assist/turnover ratio and assists per game, No. 6 in three-pointers per game and three-point attempts, No. 7 in three-pointers, No. 10 in scoring offense and No. 15 in rebounds. January is No. 4 in the nation in triple-doubles, Kelly Campbell No. 10 and Lauren Prochaska No. 20 in assist/turnover ratio and Schulte No. 28 in the country in field goals.
DePaul finished the regular season leading the BIG EAST for all games in scoring offense, scoring margin, rebounding offense, rebounding margin, offensive rebounds, assists, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio and three-point field goals per game while Jacqui Grant leads in blocked shots and Campbell is tops in assist/turnover ratio with Lauren Prochaska third.
In conference play, Schulte finished first in scoring, third in shooting percentage and fifth in offensive rebounds. Grant was first in blocks, second in overall rebounds and defensive rebounds and third in offensive rebounds while Prochaska led the league in assist/turnover ratio.
Seton Hall topped Providence 73-60 in Saturday’s first-round game.
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