The losing streak continues: DePaul drops fourth-straight conference game with loss to Creighton


Donald Crocker

Doug Bruno shouts to players on the court in DePaul’s 87-53 win over Loyola Chicago on Nov. 12, 2021.

For the fourth time in the last 17 days, DePaul lost again Wednesday night 83-74 to Creighton, with its last win coming on Jan. 14 against Xavier. This now has the makings to be one of the worst seasons under head coach Doug Bruno in his tenure. 

DePaul’s Big East-worst defense gave up another 80-plus point performance, as the Bluejays outmatched the Blue Demon offense, who played from behind the entire game. 

Junior Darrione Rogers was held scoreless against the Bluejays Wednesday night. The fourth-leading scorer in the Big East has failed to show consistency in her third season. 

DePaul’s season would likely look worse without the spotlight All-American sophomore Aneesah Morrow has given the program. 

Aside from All-American sophomore Morrow’s 34-point performance, the rest of the team combined for 40 total points in the losing effort against Creighton. 

The accolades and milestones continue to pour in for Morrow. She finished Wednesday night with her fifth 30-point game and was added to another midseason watch list. 

Following the game, Morrow was named a top-10 finalist for the 2023 Katrina McClain Award, as announced by Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. 

Throughout the years, fans and those surrounding DePaul basketball have become accustomed to Bruno being at the top of the Big East standings, and in the NCAA tournament, but not this season. 

Bruno has now lost the most Big East games in a row of his tenure, and now, has his team on the verge of finishing below .500 for the first time since 1997-98. 

The only thing that could possibly save the Blue Demons season is a miraculous run at the Big East title.

DePaul fell behind early in Wednesday night’s game, as they dug themselves into a 10-point deficit after the first quarter. Things picked things up when DePaul outscored the  Bluejays in the second, but the Demons still trailed by eight headed into the half. 

Despite a consistent and efficient shooting night, as DePaul shot 47% from the field, it was a defensive let down. 

The Blue Demons (11-11, 4-7) might have their last chance to pick up another win on the season when they host Xavier, Saturday Feb. 4. The Musketeers have yet to win a conference game since last season on Feb. 20, 2022, against Butler. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.