DePaul vs. Georgetown in BIG EAST Semifinals Monday
March 5, 2018
CHICAGO – Be prepared for a fast and furious fourth quarter Monday night in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.
Each time DePaul and Georgetown have collided this season, the final 10 minutes has been the difference.
In their first encounter on Jan. 21, it was back and forth until the Blue Demons outscored Georgetown 25-11 in the fourth quarter for a 78-62 victory in Washington, D.C.
The rematch on Feb. 16 at McGrath-Phillips Arena was another nail-biter. This time, the Hoyas (15-14) outscored DePaul 32-24 in the fourth quarter to escape with an 86-85 upset.
Mart’e Grays and Amarah Coleman both had big offensive performances in both games. Grays had 22 points the first time and 13 the second while Coleman scored 16 points in Our Nation’s Capital and 18 points in Lincoln Park.
Kelly Campbell was her usual productive self with seven points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in round one and 10 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and three steals in Lincoln Park.
DePaul (24-7) had trouble both times with the strong inside presence of Cynthia Petke who scored 24 points in the first game and had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the rematch.
Then there’s all-BIG EAST first teamer Dionna White, an absolutely explosive guard who scored 17 points in the first encounter and cut loose with 33 points and four steals last month.
The Blue Demons counter with a balanced attack featuring five players averaging in double figures led by All-BIG EAST First Team selection Grays at 14.6 points per game followed by Ashton Millender (13.5), Coleman (11.9), All-BIG EAST first-teamer Campbell (10.5) and Chante Stonewall (10.5).
Bruno’s team has finished in double figures from three-point range an impressive 23 times in 31 games this season. The most accurate from beyond the arc have been Millender (.419 shooting percentage), Stonewall (.391), Grays (.376) and Campbell and Coleman (.354).
Campbell has been on a rebounding binge with 207 in her last 20 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 three-point attempts and are second three-point field goals . 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.
In Sunday’s 78-52 BIG EAST quarterfinal win over Seton Hall, DePaul set a BIG EAST Tournament record with 44 three-point attempts, surpassing the 34 by Connecticut in March of 1993.
Georgetown is coming off a rousing 63-58 win over Villanova Sunday in the BIG EAST quarterfinals. Petke led the way with her 18th double-double of the season (24 points, 11 boards) while White finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.
On the season, White tops the Hoyas at 18.6 points per game and Mikayla Venson is averaging 13.8 points. Petke is putting up 13.7 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.
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