No. 21 DePaul Faces Gonzaga for the First Time
Nov. 24, 2017
LAS VEGAS - No. 21 DePaul knows exactly what to focus on Saturday when it collides with Gonzaga in the final round of the Play4Kay Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Blue Demons will be tracking Gonzaga's 6-foot, 3-inch junior forward Jill Barta who scored 30 points Friday in a 77-57 win over Kent State and finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds in Thursday's 71-63 loss to Belmont which is coached by former DePaul assistant coach Bart Brooks.
DePaul (4-2) rebounded from Thursday's overtime loss to Florida Gulf Coast to knock off Memphis 81-67 on Friday. Tanita Allen's 15 points led five Blue Demons in double figures.
It will take another balanced effort by coach Doug Bruno's team to overcome Barta & Co. in the first meeting between these two programs. The Bulldogs are 2-2 heading into Saturday.
The Blue Demons have six players averaging in double figures on the season led by Ashton Millender at 16.7 points a game. Grays is scoring at a 15.5 clip while Coleman is averaging 13.8 points a game.
Allen is contributing 13 points while leading the team in rebounding at 7.3 a game. The ever-improving Stonewall is averaging 11.3 points while leading the team in steals with 13 and blocks with five. Rounding out the double-figure scorers is Kelly Campbell (10) who also tops the team with 5.7 assists per game.
Campbell was 5-for-5 from the free throw line Friday and has made 19 of her last 22. She also had a career-high six steals against Memphis.
The Blue Demons have scored 560 points this season for an average of 93.3 points per game. In the last five games, they have connected on 69 three-pointers---an average of 13.8 per game.
She coached the Wolfpack from 1975-2009, compiling 737 wins, 20 NCAA tournament appearances and one Final Four.
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