Chante Stonewall grabs one of her eight rebounds in front of Seton Hall’s courtesy of DePaulBlueDemons.com
The Seton Hall Pirates defeated the Providence Friars Saturday night to move on to the Big East Quarterfinals against the one-seed, DePaul Blue Demons. After steering the course the night before, the Pirates metaphorically sailed into a wall. There ship was capsized, and sunk on impact. The battle-tested Blue Demons led 26-12 after the first and never looked back. With the game out of reach early, coach Bruno rested his stars most of the night and relied heavily on the bench, and the Blue Demons cruised to a 92-60 victory.
While the Blue Demons dominance was no shock, their leader in scoring and minutes was. Freshman Chante Stonewall averaged just 15 minutes and five points per game this season. Sunday night, Stonewall led the team in scoring and minutes with 28 minutes and 20 points, while adding eight rebounds to her stat line as well.
“Chante is really coming along as freshman and she had some great possessions and some freshmen-esque possessions but I think that amount of experience that she was able to get while Jess was not in the lineup was huge,” said coach Bruno.
Despite 35 points combined from freshman in the game (seven for Kelly Campbell,eight for Deja Caje) and 20 of those coming Chante Stonewall, coach Bruno still saw areas of improvement for the youngest members of the team.
“Chante gave us some good offensive lift off the bench tonight, knocked down those two threes in the first half and really she probably coulda’ had (more) she just sometimes gets a little ahead of herself offensively she probably had two or three more bunnies that she coulda’ knocked down,” said Bruno.
Despite missing a few bunnies, Stonewall went eight for 16 shooting on the offensive end. On the other side of the floor, Stonewall guarded the perimeter and the post effectively, snatching three steals and adding an emphatic rejection.
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While Stonewall’s performance was the obvious story-line of the night, it was revealed after the game the Tanita Allen, who was honored as the Big East’s Sixth Woman of the Year before tip off, had played with the flu. Despite some sea-sickness, Allen helped fend off the Pirates with three steals, 11 points, two assists, and two rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
“We didn’t know if she was gonna go till right up till game-time,” said Bruno.
The Blue Demons victory moved them on to face St. Johhn’s in the semi-finals. Last year, the Blue Demons held a ten point lead in the third quarter before St. John’s took control of the game and the home-court, defeating the Blue Demons by eleven on their home court in the same round the rivals will meet again this season.