Chicago, IL — The dominators, otherwise known as the DePaul Blue Demons, put the Skyhawks of Tennessee-Martin to bed early in tonight’s (Dec. 20) non-conference showdown. Brooke Schulte was the star of the night putting up 27 points, which are the most points scored by a Big East player this year.
Schulte was a powerhouse for the Blue Demons and found some acknowledgment while doing it.
“Brooke’s been steady for us forever,” head coach Doug Bruno said. “She came here, she was recruited here as a scorer, and I’ve been on her this year.”
Apparently having Bruno there to push her was all Schulte needed to create some chaos on the court against UT Martin. After a career night with 27 points (12-16 from the field) as well as seven rebounds, Schulte was humble and paid credit to others rather than herself.
“Every kid dreams of going off and having a phenomenal game,” Schulte said. “And I owe it all to my teammates because they were the ones who got me the ball at the basket and did all the work for it.”
Although it was the first time these two teams took the court together, it seemed as though the Blue Demons had the Skyhawks number and they were dialed in. DePaul immediately put themselves on the board — but the show was just starting. Schulte led the charge putting up 17 points in the first half.
“This team has really been battle tested,” Bruno commented. “I thought they came out really ready to play.”
Jessica January was another strong contributor on the court for the Blue Demons with 12 points in the first half. She showed some grit on the court, with an injured finger, as she was a playmaker through and through and ended the game with 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Tennessee-Martin came out quiet only putting up 25 points in the first half. DePaul took advantage of their seemingly timid opponent and found themselves leading the Skyhawks by 33 points at the end of the second period.
Creating some action on the scoreboard for UT Martin was Kendall Spray with eight points at the half and 17 total. Spray has been a consistent factor for the Skyhawks and continued her efforts tonight. Right behind Spray was Myah Taylor who chipped in 14 points.
Tennessee-Martin wasn’t able to create any more momentum in the third quarter. DePaul took control with their strong passing game and a handful of fast-break points. Turnovers also played a large role in DePaul’s win as they forced 24 to their own 14.
Schulte’s night was over after the third quarter. Her work was done as DePaul led 79-46 after 30 minutes of play. Although not on the court, Schulte still led from the bench with enthusiasm. There was no chance left for Tennessee-Martin in the fourth. No surprise here, the Blue Demons put this one away 100-68.