And DePaul’s Brooke Schulte did just that, but from all over the floor.
Schulte scored a career-high 27 points on 12-16 shooting from the field to help RV/22 DePaul roll over Tennessee-Martin 100-68. Her 27 points are the most points scored by a Big East player so far this season.
Neither team hit a three-pointer until mid-way through the first quarter, but Schulte was 5-5 from the floor as DePaul jumped out to a 20-5 lead.
“I owe it all to my teammates because they were the one’s who got me the ball at the basket and did all the work for it, “Schulte said. “I constantly had an edge on and stayed focused on the game.”
“Brooke is a unique scorer in that usually with a scorer’s mentality there is a strong ego,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. “And Brooke doesn’t have that. I am amazed at how much I have to tell her to shoot. She had a great first half and still passed up three of her signature touches: at the block, at the elbow, and at the top of the key.”
DePaul (8-4) never trailed and had its biggest lead of 38 points at the two-minute mark of the third quarter.
Schulte’s comment about owing it all to her teammates was personified in the second quarter when, after Claire McMahon made a three-pointer from the left corner, Kelly Campbell stole the ensuing inbounds pass and fed Schulte underneath for what became a three-point play.
And Schulte was not the only Blue Demon that Bruno was telling to shoot the ball.
With DePaul’s second unit in the game, numerous players passed up open shots late in the second quarter, and Bruno could be heard yelling from the sideline “shoot the ball.” McMahon then followed the instruction and sank a three-pointer from the right corner.
Jessica January added 12 points and a game-high eight assists for DePaul. Her free throw at 4:27 of the first quarter moved her past Jasmine Penny (1,417 points) for 19th all-time in scoring at DePaul.
Amarah Coleman continued her solid play for DePaul. After scoring in double figures versus Temple and Loyola, she added 10 points tonight in 14 minutes of play.
In the 2015 season DePaul ranked No. 10 in the country in three-pointers made per game at 8.9 and Tennessee Martin was No. 3 at 10.3. This season, DePaul ranks No. 4 in the country in three-pointers made per game at 11.3, and the Blue Demons made a school record 19 three-pointers in their win against Syracuse. The Skyhawks are ranked No. 43 at 7.9 per game and made 17 three-pointers in a loss to Missouri on Saturday, the second most three-pointers in school history.
DePaul shot 9-31 from behind the arc and the Skyhawks were 10-27.
The Blue Demons scored 50 points in the paint and 32 points off 24 Tennessee Martin turnovers.
The Skyhawks have made the postseason the last six years and finished 22-10 last year. Tennessee Martin (3-9) is now 0-16 versus ranked teams since 2009.
DePaul led 61-25 at the half, the second lowest first half points by a DePaul opponent this season. The Blue Demons had 27 assists on 39 baskets for the game.
Freshmen Claire McMahon scored 12 for DePaul and Chante Stonewall added 10 points and two assists.
Stonewall had the play of the game when, with two minutes to play in the game, she stole a pass along the sideline, dribbled behind her back at full speed to avoid a defender, and converted a three-point play on a one-on-one fast break.
DePaul’s non-conference portion of its season now comes to a close. The Blue Demons have played No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Baylor, and No. 19 Syracuse during that span. But their schedule does not get any easier, as DePaul travels to Georgetown on Dec. 28th. The Hoyas have an NCAA RPI of 5 and wield the Big East’s No. 4, 5, and 6 scorers. The Blue Demons start Big East play with eight games in 18 days.