Clutch plays in winning time give DePaul a big victory over Seton Hall


Eva Epley

Senior guard Anaya Peoples gathers for a shot in DePaul’s 94-89 win over Seton Hall at Wintrust Arena Wednesday Night.

“We’re tired of losing.”

Those were the words of junior Darrione Rogers, following DePaul’s intense, thrilling 94-89 win over Seton Hall Wednesday. 

It was all offense at Wintrust for both teams as sophomore Aneesah Morrow led all scorers with 28 points and combined with Rogers for a total of 54 points in the game. 

Four of out five starters finished in double figures. Senior Anaya Peoples added 13 points and junior Kendall Holmes had 15. 

Defensively, DePaul had a gameplan this time for Seton Hall senior Lauren Park-Lane. After her 39-point performance in Newark N.J. on Monday against the Blue Demons, the plan was to send a double-team towards the 5-foot-3 guard once she crossed half-court, forcing her to pass the ball out. 

Although it kept Park-Lane from scoring 30-plus points again, it allowed for senior Azana Barnes to tally a 29-point performance. 

The game was neck-and-neck for all 40 minutes. Tied 41-41 at halftime, both teams had shot 50% from the field through the first two quarters. 

There were 18 lead changes and 11 ties throughout the game. No team held a lead for more than 10 minutes, with both teams exchanging scoring runs one after another. 

DePaul donned its black uniforms for the first time this season, in the “Dark Mode” themed game. 

Once the fourth quarter came, the intensity in the arena picked up as the game became more intense than it was in the first half. 

The Blue Demons came up with timely, clutch plays in the final period. Whether it was a huge three from Rogers, Holmes or Peoples, DePaul delivered. 

“We just came together as a team.” Rogers said. “We know the work that we put in and I felt like overtime. And over these stretches of games, we haven’t been getting the outcome we want.” 

With under four minutes left in the game, down 81-76, Morrow stole the ball from Park-Lane and raced down the court to lay it in for two. Just later, after another defensive stop, Rogers took the ball coast-to-coast, scored a basket and converted the and-one free throw, giving DePaul a 82-81 lead. 

A Holmes three on the ensuing possession increased the lead to 85-82. Then, a Peoples’ steal with under a minute and 30 seconds sealed the victory for DePaul. 

“It’s always about the players,” said head coach Doug Bruno. “I am just really excited for this group of players, because they have been fighting all year, and for them to be able to finish it tonight, they did a great job in the fourth of overcoming the fact that we got down and could of cashed it in their and they just stayed strong.”