January scored a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and four steals to help No. 20 DePaul overcome a rough first half and beat Northwestern 89-66 Saturday night.
"The only flaw I can find in her game is that she insists on wearing black shoes in a blue program," Bruno said. "But you know what, you don't think I am going to change that.
"I am proud of the way the team overcame the adversity of probably our most discombobulated 15 minutes of basketball that I have watched in a long, long time," Bruno said.
January’s game tonight included an acrobatic reverse lay up paired with a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter. Her jumper in the first quarter pushed her past Samantha Quigley for 21st all-time in scoring at DePaul
"I have seen seniors that when their teammates are not doing exactly some of the little things they are supposed to do, they just become different, and I thought [January] really held her composure while her teammates were starting to get it together," Bruno said.
Northwestern moved to a 21-17 lead at 6:51 of the second quarter before January sparked DePaul with a three-pointer. And then her teammates became, well, re-combobulated.
Freshman Kelly Campbell's (12 points) three-pointer cut the Wildcats' lead to 24-23. Campbell then hit another three-pointer before fellow freshman Claire McMahon's three-pointer and January's acrobatic lay up put DePaul up 33-30. It would never trail again in the game as the Blue Demons finished the second quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 38-30 at the half. DePaul shot 5-5 from the field to end the quarter while holding Northwestern to 1-6 from the field and without a field goal for the final 2:43 of the quarter.
DePaul (3-0) outrebounded the taller Wildcats 43-33 and scored 28 points in the paint. Northwestern had been leading the nation in blocked shots at 10.3 per game, but managed only three blocks tonight.
"Rebounding was definitely a really, really important thing we have been focusing on all week," January said. "We are probably not going to out-size most teams we are going to play, so rebounding is going to be important. A lot of people, especially off the bench were coming in and being aggressive with rebounding."
Jacqui Grant finished with a game-high nine rebounds, Campbell grabbed seven, Brooke Schulte six, and Tanita Allen had five boards to go along with 10 points, including two three-pointers in the first quarter. Ashton Millender added 13 points on 5-10 shooting from the field.
Northwestern had won its first 10 games in 2014 and 2015 and tonight's loss was its first road game. The Wildcats played tonight without starter Nia Coffey, who has a concussion.