Keisha Hampton continued her prolific scoring this season with a career high 30 points, and Deirdre Naughton returned to the court for the first time in over one year as DePaul defeated the Illinois State Redbirds 100-83.
ISU had been holding opponents to 61.2 ppg. DePaul (7-1) has averaged 95.1 points in its last four games.
Hampton, 10-18 from the field, eclipsed her prior high of 28 points against Notre Dame on February 14, 2010. She was 3-8 from three point range and 7-9 from the line.
"When Keisha gets a big kid on her she knows to take her outside and drive on her, and when she gets a smaller player on her she knows how to post them up," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.
Naughton, who tore her ACL on November 24, 2009, entered the game at the 8:56 mark of the first half and 20 seconds later drained her first shot, a 17-footer from the left wing. She scored nine points on 3-4 shooting, including one three pointer, in nine minutes of play.
"When coach called my name, I was laughing and I was excited," said Naughton. "
"I feel 100%.I think the only thing that I need to do now is get my lungs back."
Naughton's basket was part of a 19-5 run by DePaul which broke open a 20-19 Blue Demon lead. DePaul led 56-37 at the break.
"DePaul's size, strength and skill at every level got the best of us," said ISU first year head coach Stephanie Glance. "The physical play we did not handle that well and we allowed them to put us back on our heels and we started to play catch up. We cannot play like that against [DePaul], a team that is clearly a great team."
ISU (3-2) was able to close to 70-60 on a free throw by Shala Jackson with 10:19 left, but DePaul's 17-7 run including Hampton's jumper at 3:59 pushed the lead up to 87-67.
DePaul, ranked second in the nation in assists per game with 22, equaled its average today. Sam Quigley led the Blue Demons in assists with five and moved past Barb Astaves into fourth place at DePaul with 382 career assists.
The Blue Demons placed four players in double figures with Anna Martin and Felicia Chester each scoring 14 and Taylor Pikes scoring 11 and grabbing seven rebounds.
Before today's game Pikes led the Big East in field goal percentage at 71% (22-31).
DePaul shot 64.5% from the field in the first half and its 56 points was the most it has scored in a first half this year.
ISU placed four players in double figures led by Jackson's 17.
DePaul embarks on a three game road trip, starting this Friday at SIU-Edwardsville at 7:00 CST before returning home to face Northern Illinois on December 11 at 5:00 CST.
Hampton Leads DePaul over Illinois State
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