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CHICAGO -  It was the best of all possible worlds for Creighton coming into Wednesday’s matchup with DePaul: leading scorer Marissa Janning was back; a 20-point win versus Marquette on Monday; and a five-game win streak. And then DePaul’s Brooke Schulte took and shook the Bluejays. 

Schulte scored a career-high 30 points, her sixth straight game with double figure scoring, and No. 23/21 DePaul remained the only unbeaten team in the Big East with a 79-65 win. 

“I have become more aggressive, but I owe it to my teammates for getting me the ball,” Schulte said. “[My teammates] did a phenomenal job of hitting me when I was open.”  

DePaul coach Doug Bruno said that he was becoming exasperated at having to tell Schulte to shoot. 

“Even in a game like tonight, I probably had to four or five times get in her ear and demand that she shoot the ball,” Bruno said.  “She has the scoring ability and when she is open she has to shoot the ball.” 

And shoot it she did: 12-21 from the floor to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Her 30 points is the second-highest total scored in the Big East this season.  

The two teams were missing a combined five starters due to injuries, and with DePaul (12-4, 4-0 Big East) not having had a legitimate, full practice since Big East Preseason Player of the Year Jessica January went out with a broken finger in the Georgetown game, reserves needed to step up. 

DePaul’s Lauren Prochaska scored a career-high seven points and set the tone early that Creighton would be forced to guard her. Prochaska’s three-pointer and layup in the first quarter tied the game at 11.  

The Blue Demons’ Jacqui Grant had a double-double for the third straight game, adding 15 points and 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to the win. 

Schulte scored five straight points midway through the third quarter before a put back by Chante Stonewall, a put back by Grant, and Grant’s three-point play gave DePaul its biggest lead up until that point at 58-43. 

“I think that all that has happened with our adversity, I think everyone is stepping up,” Grant said. “And I know how I can help the team is with rebounding and I have been trying to focus on that and finishing at the basket, finding my teammates, and doing the little things that [Coach Bruno] always preaches.”

Since the January injury, and before tonight’s game, Schulte had been averaging 20.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg and Grant 15.3 ppg and 10.0 ppg.    

Freshman Stonewall, too, was big, playing 21 minutes and notching a season-high 11 points on 4-6 shooting from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc.  

Schulte scored four straight points to put DePaul ahead 70-57 midway through the fourth quarter before a three-pointer by Stonewall from the left corner had the injured Jessica January high-fiving her teammates with one hand from the bench. Stonewall assisted on a Kelly Campbell (four points, six boards, and three assists) lay up as DePaul made four of its last five field goals to go up 75-63 with 3:45 to play.

Tanita Allen was also big off the bench for DePaul, starting out the third quarter with a three-pointer and ending up with 10 points and five assists.   

Bruno summed up the effort of his banged-up squad. 

“I am proud of our team answering the bell on all sides of the ball, offense, defense, and rebounding.” 

DePaul shot 45.5 percent from the floor, forced 19 turnovers, and outrebounded Creighton (9-5, 3-1 Big East), 35-33. 

Creighton is now 0-6 at McGrath-Phillips Arena, having lost five of those games by double figures.  DePaul leads the series 8-2 and, with this win, has won six straight games. Jaylyn Agnew led the Bluejays with 21 points. Creighton had a +44 point edge on opponents in third quarters this season, but DePaul outscored the Bluejays 17-14 in that quarter tonight. 

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