No. 17/16 DePaul bounced back from consecutive losses, and numerous players notched career-highs, as the Blue Demons beat Loyola 107-46 in the Red Line Rivalry, the second highest point total by DePaul this season, Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena.
"When you cut through it all, we are still 2-4 in our last six games,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. “We played a very good Temple team the other night. It is important that we get back on the court, play ball, and it doesn’t matter who the competition is.”
And play ball DePaul did.
Freshman Kelly Campbell hit a three-pointer, Loyola turned the ball over, Jessica January hit a jumper, DePaul forced a 10-second violation, and Amarah Coleman then hit two baskets as DePaul jumped out to a 14-2 lead.
Coleman, coming off a career-high 18-point night versus Temple, hit her first four three-point attempts today, and finished with 16 points in 12 minutes of play.
“I feel pretty good shooting the ball, but I get those shots from my teammates and from us sharing the ball,” Coleman said. “I am not forcing anything and I am just taking what’s open.”
And share the ball DePaul did.
The Blue Demons notched 35 assists, the second highest total in school history.
All five of DePaul’s starters reached double figures in scoring, led by Coleman’s and Campbell’s season-high 16 points each. Jacqui Grant added 15 points and six rebounds and Brooke Schulte 15 points on 7-9 shooting from the field.
But as good as the starting five were today, Bruno got a good look at his reserves with the score so wide of unchanged. The Blue Demons held their largest lead of 62 points with just under 30 seconds to play.
“We need depth and we need players to get developed here,” Bruno said. “It is important for [our bench] to contribute.”
And DePaul had depth.
Campbell, filling in for injured starter Ashton Millender, who is day-to-day with a foot injury, had a season-high eight assists.
Lauren Prochaska added a career-high eight assists and Meri Bennett-Swanson added a career-high six points to go along with three rebounds. Jessica January notched a game-high nine assists in 22 minutes of play. Deja Cage added 11 points and Claire McMahon four assists and six rebounds. DePaul forced 30 turnovers, the second highest by a DePaul opponent this season.
DePaul (7-4) shot a season-low 11.5 percent from three-point range in the Temple game, but bounced back today with a 16-36 effort. Coleman, Campbell, and Tanita Allen (11 points) shot a combined 10-14 from behind the arc.
The Blue Demons last lost consecutive games (Notre Dame and Northwestern) on November 26 and December 1 of 2013.
Loyola (1-9) upset DePaul 88-75 last year, breaking a 21-game DePaul win streak versus the Ramblers dating back to 1994. DePaul is now 39-10 versus the Ramblers and 18-6 in games played at Loyola.
DePaul and Loyola first played one another on February 23, 1976, a 73-24 DePaul win in the Blue Demons’ second year of women’s basketball, and the year before Doug Bruno became head coach at DePaul.
DePaul returns home Tuesday night to play Tennessee-Martin at 7:00 p.m. Central.