DePaul's Jessica January, in her third game back from a finger injury, was held without a field goal in the first half, but the Blue Demons placed five players in double figures and got 46 points from its bench in beating Seton Hall 92-60 in Big East tournament quarterfinal play Sunday night at the Al McGuire Center.
No. 18/17 DePaul had four players presented with their conference awards before the game, and then Player of the Year Brooke Schulte started off the game with a turnaround jumper in the lane. DePaul never trailed in the game and led 52-28 at the half.
DePaul's 92 points is the second highest point total by a team in a Big East quarterfinal since 2007. The No. 1 seeded Blue Demons' 25 assists is the most ever for the team in a Big East tournament game. DePaul is now 8-1 in conference tournament games since the Big East realigned in 2013. The Blue Demons face the winner of No. 4 seed Villanova and No. 5 seed St. John's on Monday night at 5:30. This is the fourth straight year DePaul has made the semifinals. DePaul's 92 points moved this season's team into the Top 10 at DePaul for single season scoring.
No. 8 seed Seton Hall shot a season-high 51 percent from the field in its first round win against Providence, but was held to 40.7 percent shooting tonight. Jayla Pack-Jones led the Pirates with 13 points. The Pirates were held scoreless for the game's last 2:37.
Schulte's 16 points pushed her past Megan Rogowski for 29th in scoring all-time at DePaul. Her eight first quarter points led all scorers.
"The coaching staff and coach Bruno always do a phenomenal job each and every game of preparing us, and we came in 110 percent prepared, and I thought as a team we just came out with a spark and ready to play and ready to have our first game," Schulte said.
January had eight assists in the first half and had a game-high nine assists total.
"One of the things that isn't really on the stat sheet is how [January] forces those turnovers by the other team, by that pressure defense," DePaul's Jacqui Grant said. "Being one-on-one against Jess, I would probably take Jess 10 times out of 10. That's how much confidence we all have in her, and that's how much we just love her on the floor."
Grant finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
The Big East's Sixth Woman of the Year, DePaul's Tanita Allen, playing with the flu, had a half court steal and lay up followed by a three-pointer as DePaul jumped out to a 30-15 second quarter lead. Allen finished with 11 points, two assists, and tied with teammate Chante Stonewall with a game-high three steals.
Stonewall, a freshman, scored four points in each of the prior games between the two teams this season, but she erupted for a season-high 20 points tonight to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. Her rebound in the second quarter pushed her over the 100-rebound mark this season.
Fellow freshman Kelly Campbell added seven points, four rebounds, and two steals off the bench.
"Kelly Campbell is a much-deserved all-freshman Big East player, and she's been playing with us all year long," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "She's been starting, and what makes Kelly so special is her competitiveness.
"And then Chante gave us some good offensive lift off the bench tonight, knocked down those two threes in the first half. So I think it was really important that our freshmen played ball tonight and were ready to play."
DEPAUL 26 26 19 21
SETON HALL 12 16 13 19