In a sport much like Monday night time’s win, DePaul beat Xavier 83-75. Once once more, the Blue Demons led most for the best way, and held off just a few late Xavier surges to safe one other win.
DePaul and Xavier battled within the first quarter with the Blue Demons having a slight edge at 19-17. An enormous second quarter noticed DePaul acquire a 36-27 halftime lead, a lead DePaul held by way of the tip. Xavier received the sting 48-47 within the second half, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to catch DePaul. Overall, DePaul led for 33:47 to Xavier’s 4:08, though the sport typically appeared nearer than that.
DePaul held the benefit in factors from turnovers (25-9), second probability factors (17-15) and quick break factors (17-8). Xavier topped DePaul in factors within the paint (40-34) and bench factors (19-5). DePaul dropping the bench factors battle isn;t new to the staff, as Coach Doug Bruno is relying totally on his starters.
DePaul shot 38.3% from the sector, 26.7% from three level land and 72.2% from the free throw line. Xavier shot 45.8%, 37.5% and 83.3% respectively.
Lexi Held topped the scoring sheet with 25 factors. She additionally added six assists, 5 steals, two blocks and 4 rebounds in a well-rounded effort. Sonya Morris added 22 factors and 7 assists. Other Blue Demons within the scoing column had been Dee Bekelja (20), Darrione Rogers (6), Jorie Allen (5), Hannah Purcell (3) and Kiara Dallmann (2).
Kaelynn Satterfield paced Xavier with 16 factors. Three Musketeers, A’riana Gray, Aaliyah Dunham and Satterfield tied for the staff rebound lead with seven.
As Coach Bruno mentioned within the post-game presser, the nice unknown was how Xavier would play after being off since January 23 attributable to COVID-19-related points inside its program. The ever-practical Bruno added that it is really like that layoff or not. Any sport can go any manner. Still, the short DePaul tempo couldn’t have been an amazing welcome again to Xavier, however they held robust and compelled DePaul to play laborious the complete 40 minutes.
One huge spotlight yesterday was Morris becoming a member of the 1,000 level membership. Chjurch and Held reached that milestone earlier this season. In the post-game session, Morris and Held talked about their achievements, with each revealing they weren’t conscious of it because it was taking place. Now they’re fairly conscious of it as DePaul staffers and media members all congratulated them.
The Blue Demons now stand at 13-4. Those losses had been towards No. 1/1 Connecticut twice, No. 3/2 Louisville and No. 5/5 Texas A&M. DePaul returns to motion on Saturday at Wintrust towards Creighton in a sport that will probably be televised nationally on FS1..