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Schulte, DePaul Shed St. John's

CHICAGO - DePaul coach Doug Bruno credited St. John's for the Red Storm playing to their strength in Friday night's game between the two teams. DePaul's Brooke Schulte played to her strength a little more.

Schulte scored a game-high 24 points, including a game-changing point flurry in the third quarter, and added 10 rebounds to lead No. 17/17 DePaul past St. John's 54-51, the Blue Demons' 13th win in their last 14 games.  

"St. John's is an excellent defensive team," Bruno said. "We had to grind for every look we got."

The Red Storm (15-8, 7-5 Big East) is first in the conference in ppg defense at 57.4, first in field defense at 35.8 percent, and first in three-point field goal percent defense at 25.4. St. John's has held seven opponents this season to under 50 points.

And DePaul did shoot 36.2 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from behind the arc.

But Schulte proved to be enough to overcome all of those numbers with her own numbers in the third quarter.

Her three-pointer at 8:45 with the shot clock running down gave DePaul a 35-31 lead. A steal by Kelly Campbell (team-high four assists and three steals) and her feed to Schulte was followed by a jumper, another three-pointer, and another jumper by Schulte as DePaul moved ahead 44-33. 

"Brooke has been awesome her entire career here," Bruno said. "This year she has been stepping up with her point production."

Schulte's jumper at 5:45 of the first quarter pushed her over the 1,00 point mark at DePaul.

And in a game where Schulte shot 9-17 from the field and her teammates just 12-41, Schulte was quick to point out that, yes, points matter, but so do the other things.

Like Tanita Allen picking up back to back charges; like Lauren Prochaska holding St. John's Aaliyah Lewis to 3-11 from the field; like Campbell holding her poise and inducing a technical foul from Jade Walker in the fourth quarter.

"One thing about our team is that everybody steps up in moments," Schulte said.  

Neither team scored a field goal for 4:46 of the fourth quarter until Allen's layup gave DePaul a 51-46 lead at 3:29. The Blue Demons drought continued, scoring just one point in the last 3:35 of the contest. Lewis's three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie the game was wide right and did not draw iron. 

DePaul (19-5, 11-1) leads the series 14-5 and has won four of the last six.  

This was DePaul's Play4Kay game, with both teams resplendent in pink-themed uniforms. Former women's college basketball coach Kay Yow died of cancer in 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is committed to raising money for women's cancer research.

DePaul plays Seton Hall at home on Sunday afternoon. 

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