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No. 14 DePaul easily downs Xavier to remain undefeated in Big East

The No. 14 DePaul Blue Demons extended their win streak to seven games and improved to 6-0 in conference play. The Xavier Musketeers’ tough season continues, as they have now lost five of six Big East contests.

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Chante Stonewall led DePaul with 22 points.
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The No. 14 DePaul Blue Demons easily dispatched the Xavier Musketeers, 91-68. Chante Stonewall recorded her seventh 20-point game of the season, leading all scorers with 22 points. While the Musketeers had four players score in double figures, it wasn’t nearly enough, and they have now lost 15 of 17 contests this season.

Dominating performance

DePaul’s stifling defense was the key to the victory. The Blue Demons forced the Musketeers into 24 turnovers which led to 25 points. In addition, DePaul scored 32 points in transition while holding Xavier to just 12 fast break points. One aspect of the game that DePaul will not be happy with is the 17 turnovers that it committed, however, Xavier scored just 12 points off of the extra possessions.

Lexi Held matched her season-high with five made 3-pointers for DePaul. On the night, the Blue Demons made 13 shots from beyond the arc. Held’s shooting performance was welcomed after shooting 2-of-10 in DePaul’s narrow victory over St. John’s. Deja Church matched her season-high with 16 points and has scored in double figures in three consecutive games.

A’riana Gray led the Musketeers in scoring with 18 points and posted her sixth double-double of the season. Gray has averaged 21.3 points in Xavier’s last six games, but has 10 turnovers in the last two games.

What’s next

DePaul puts its winning streak on the line in Indianapolis against Butler, who has won its last four games. Xavier looks to salvage what is left of the season against Marquette, which had its three game winning streak snapped by Butler.