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DePaul’s arsenal of triples, Bruno’s timely timeout, downs feisty Marquette

Kelly Campbell led the Blue Demons with a career-high 20-point performance as they defeated the number one seed in the Big East, Marquette 95-83.

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Chicago, Il- The DePaul Blue Demons came to work on Monday night.

Behind a career-high effort from sophomore guard Kelly Campbell (20 points, nine rebounds and six assists), the Blue Demons took over the top spot in the Big East, defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles, 95-83.

Marquette and DePaul have a very similar game -- lots of three-points, pressure defense and scoring in transition — but the Blue Demons were able to play it better tonight as six DePaul players scored in double figures.

Head coach Doug Bruno of the Blue Demons noted the similarities in both teams, and was both honored and relieved his team came out on top.

“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery," Bruno said about Marquette’s style of play. “Look, we invented this style of play. It’s good to be better at it than them tonight.”

The first quarter was a back and forth affair, with both teams alternating control. Ultimately, DePaul took the lead at the end of the first frame, leading 25-22.

In the second period, Campbell added a quick five points to the scoreboard, extending the Blue Demon’s lead to 44-36. The Golden Eagles gave no time to celebrate, as Natisha Heideman was already on the other end getting her 11th point of the night.

But leave it to Campbell to bring all the momentum back into DePaul’s favor, as she drove in the paint for a buzzer-beating layup. The Blue Demons went into the locker room with a four-point advantage over Marquette, 44-40.

The climax of the game came in the third frame as the home team went on a quick scoring burst. Chante Stonewall’s 12th point of the night gave DePaul its largest lead of the night — at that time — 57-46. However, the relentless effort from Marquette resulted in its own 6-0 run, and the Golden Eagles were within five.

Visibly agitated with the run by Marquette, Bruno called a timeout to talk about the last few possessions with his team. Amarah Coleman came out of the timeout and drilled a contested three, extending DePaul’s lead once again, 60-52.

“He [Coach Bruno] basically told us that we weren’t playing clean ball," Coleman said. “We weren’t rebounding.”

Campbell added, “Personally, I was letting the pressure get to me. I just had to take care of the ball."

During the Golden Eagle’s scoring burst, Campbell had turned the ball over twice but after recollecting from her coaches timeout never turned the ball over again in the contest.

Bruno couldn’t have called a better timeout because after that talk the Blue Demons were unstoppable.

As if the game wasn’t exciting enough, DePaul's Ashton Millender threw up a deep 35-footer from behind the arc to end the third quarter. DePaul began the final frame with the advantage still, 69-62.

The Golden Eagles looked to their three-point game for the final minutes of the fourth quarter as they were down 18, but the relentless defense from DePaul kept Marquette at 30% from behind the arc.

The Blue Demons definitely had their A-game on Monday, as six players (Campbell (20), Coleman (15), Millender (16), Chante Stonewall (14), Mart'e Grays (12), and Tanita Allen (10)) scored in double figures.

Marquette’s Hiedeman scored 21 points, while her teammate, Danielle King, led all scorers with 23 points. The Blue Demons were able to hold Marquette’s leading scorer — and leader in the Big East with 19.2 points per game — Allazia Blockton, to 11 points on the night.

DePaul will look to keep momentum going as the Blue Demons will take on Creighton on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) while the Golden Eagles will look to bounce back the same day against Providence.

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Posted by Swish Appeal Staff on Monday, January 29, 2018