DePaul Collides With St. John's Monday in BIG EAST Semifinals
March 6, 2017
No. 17/17 DePaul (25-6) vs. St. John’s (20-10)
Monday, March 6 | 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Al McGuire Center | Milwaukee
TV: FS1 | Gametracker
MILWAUKEE – The No. 17/17 Blue Demons face St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the BIG EAST tournament semifinals.
The game at Al McGuire Arena will be televised by FS1. Gametracker is available while in-game updates can be followed on Twitter -- @DePaulAthletics. DePaul (25-6) 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 8-1 in tournament play with titles in 2014 and 2015. DePaul swept St. John’s (20-10) during the conference season 78-66 on the road and 54-51 at home.
The Blue Demons rolled past Seton Hall 92-60 in the quarterfinals behind Chante Stonewall’s season-high 20 points and four others in double figures. Their 25 assists were the most by DePaul in a BIG EAST tournament game. St. John’s locked up Villanova 56-40 behind Alliyah Lewis’ 27 points.
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.
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