Apiew Ojulu had 13 points to lead Marquette's offensive output, but four DePaul players scored at least 11 points as the Blue Demons roared past Marquette on Friday night, 101-67. Jessica January led DePaul with 19 points.
I really don't know what to say about this one. The Blue Demons jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:15 of the game, paced by two triples from January. The lead would push to double digits on a jumper from Megan Podkowa with 13 minutes left, and it would hit 20 after Marte Grays buried all three of her free throws when she got fouled on a long range attempt by Arlesia Morse with 2:28 left in the first half.
The second half was just more as the same, with DePaul taking a 30 point advantage at 62-31 on a Centrese McGee layup less than three minutes into the second half. The game was remniscent of Marquette's encounters with UConn and Notre Dame over the final few seasons of the Big East before the Reformation. There's never been that kind of a gap between Marquette and DePaul, but on this night, at this point in the season, at this point of Carolyn Kieger's tenure as MU head coach, the gap between the two squads is that big.
Freshman Hannah Grim played a season high 26 minutes and matched that career mark with one in the assists column, where she tallied seven helpers. By the end of the game, Marquette would end up with a better shooting percentage than DePaul, but the Golden Eagles had 26 turnovers in the game to turn things against them. The Blue Demons turned those turnovers into 28 points, while Marquette fashioned 10 DePaul turnovers into nine points.
Marquette falls to 0-4 in the Big East and 4-11 overall with the loss.
Up Next: With the Big East's scheduling this year, it's a quick turnaround for the Golden Eagles. They'll be hosting Butler on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The Bulldogs (7-9, 3-2 Big East) were in New York on Friday night, where they pulled out a 55-50 win over a St. John's team that's on the fringes of being ranked in the AP Top 25.