Brooke Schulte scored a team-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds, and Jacqui Grant's strong defensive play on Butler's Tori Schickel helped DePaul (22-5, 14-1 Big East) beat Butler 92-62 on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons have won six in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.
DePaul coach Doug Bruno won his 600th game at DePaul last year when the Blue Demons beat Butler 61-54 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the closest game between the two teams since both entered the Big East. DePaul is now 12-0 all-time versus the Bulldogs.
But that closeness was far and away today.
Butler (5-20, 2-12) jumped out to a 14-8 lead today before DePaul responded with three-pointers by Schulte, Grant, and Amarah Coleman (18 points) as part of an 11-0 run and a lead it would not relinquish.
Grant set the tone on Schickel early, and on Schickel's first touch, forced her to travel.
"Jacqui did a great job on Schickel and she has been very impactful for this basketball team and very important as to what we are doing," Bruno said. "She allowed us to stay a little bit tighter to the shooters and not have to give as much help."
Schickel has 10 double-doubles this season and is No. 7 in the country in rebounding at 11.7 per game. She finished with nine points, nine rebounds, and five turnovers. Schickel did not score her first field goal until 9:54 of the third quarter.
Grant has emerged as one of the better post players in the Big East this season, leading the conference in blocks per game a 1.9 and second in rebounding behind Schickel at 11.0.
Butler had a season-low nine turnovers in its 72-66 loss to Marquette on Friday. DePaul forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and 26 overall today.
DePaul had 23 assists on 28 baskets in its win against Xavier Friday night and it continued that trend with 22 assists on 31 baskets today. Kelly Campbell had a game-high eight assists for DePaul and finished with an 8:2 assist/turnover ratio.
Chante Stonewall added a season-high 15 points for DePaul, with her play highlighted by three consecutive offensive rebounds on her own missed shot before putting the ball in the basket. Stonewall scored consecutive baskets in the fourth quarter on two looping passes by Campbell to the interior.
Tanita Allen's (nine points and nine rebounds) three-pointer closed out a 17-2 DePaul run in the second quarter and DePaul forced six Butler turnovers over the last 4:50 of the quarter.
DePaul travels to Marquette this Sunday and then finishes the regular season with home games against Villanova and Georgetown.