DePaul Women Fall to Purdue in WNIT Final

In a match up of Big East versus Big Ten, DePaul got what it wanted from its key players and Purdue got what it wanted from its key players. But basketball is a game of runs, and it was Purdue's run which proved the difference Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Boilermakers (4-0) used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to defeat DePaul 67-58 in the preseason WNIT final.

DePaul (3-1) got another strong start from Keisha Hampton, with the junior forward scoring six of her team's first nine points in a battle that was touch and go for the entire 20 minutes.

A three-pointer by Maureen Mulchrone followed by a Sam Quigley (13 points) three gave DePaul a 30-28 lead at the break.

DePaul shot 36.7% from the field in the first half; Purdue 37%. Both teams shot 33.3% from three point range.

Anna Martin, who was scoreless in the first half, opened up the second half with two 3-pointers to put the Blue Demons up 36-30 with 17:04 left to play. A jumper by Felicia Chester at 13:55 extended DePaul's lead to 40-34.

And then it came.

Purdue went on its 15-4 run, which included two three's and five three throws, and ultimately extended its lead to 59-48 with 2:48 left to play.

But a Quigley steal and Martin jumper made it 59-50, and Hampton followed with a three pointer as DePaul closed to 59-53 at the 1:31 mark.

A three by Quigley with 57 seconds left made it 63-58 and Purdue free throws finished out the scoring.

Hampton led DePaul with 15 points and five rebounds. Martin finished with 12 points.

DePaul shot 12-12 from the line while the Boilermakers were 32-37 from the stripe. The teams combined for 11 blocked shots.

Brittany Rayburn and Drey Mingo each had a game high 21 points for Purdue.

The Blue Demons open up their regular season at the University of Illinois-Chicago this Tuesday at 7:00 CST. DePaul then hosts the Maggie Dixon Classic starting on Friday, November 26th with California Riverside playing Morgan State in the opening game At 5:00 followed by the Blue Demons against Northwestern State.

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