DePaul Faces Daunting Challenge in No. 1/1 Connecticut
Dec. 7, 2017
RV/RV DePaul vs. No. 1/1 Connecticut
Friday, Dec. 8 | 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
Gametracker | TV: FS1
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CHICAGO – DePaul’s women’s basketball players embrace coach Doug Bruno’s philosophy that the Blue Demons play fearless throughout their careers in Lincoln Park.
That goes double for Friday night when DePaul (6-2) goes head-to-head with the best team in the nation, undefeated No. 1/1 Connecticut (7-0).
Bruno will exhort his player to approach this daunting challenge with the same mentality and attitude they take into every game.
The DePaul pillars of sharing the ball, making the extra pass, playing an up-tempo pace and knocking down three-pointers will be more crucial than ever against a program that has dominated women’s college basketball.
The Blue Demons feature a balanced attack with six players averaging in double figures led by Ashton Millender at 15.4 points per game. Right behind the junior guard is 6-foot, 2-inch Mart’e Grays (14.1 points a game) and the multi-talented Amarah Coleman (13. 5 points).
Feisty sophomore Kelly Campbell is averaging 12.1 points per game, leads the team in assists and free-throw percentage while converting 17 of her last 18 attempts from the line. Tanita Allen is scoring 11.6 points a game and sophomore Chante Stonewall is contributing nearly 11 points a game while leading the team in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and steals.
DePaul leads the nation in three-pointers per game and is third in scoring offense, three-point attempts and assists per game. Bruno’s team is fourth in 3-pointers, fifth in assist-turnover ratio, sixth in assists and No. 9 in turnover margin.
Campbell is No. 7 in the country in assist-turnover ratio while Millender is No. 17 in three-pointers, No. 20 in long-distance attempts and No. 21 in three-pointers per game.
UConn is coming off an 80-71 victory last Sunday over No. 3/2 Notre Dame---the only time the Huskies have not won by double digits.
Coach Geno Auriemma’s powerhouse is led by Katie Lou Samuelson averaging 17 points a game and shooting 85 percent from the free throw line.
Five others average in double figures with Kia Nurse at 15.7 points a game and converting 20-of-33 from behind the arc. Inside force 6-6 Azura Stevens is averaging 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds with 12 blocked shots.
Napheesa Collier is scoring 14.1 points a game while Crystal Dangerfield averages 13.7 points and a team-leading 5.1 assists. Gabby Williams rounds out the double-digits scorers at 10.7 a game.
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