Sam Quigley scored a season-high 23 points to lead DePaul to a 76-72 win over Northwestern at McGrath Arena.
DePaul (12-1, 1-0 Big East) seemingly had the game in hand after Quigley's jumper with 13:43 left gave the Blue Demons a 58-44 lead. But like last year, when Northwestern came back to upset DePaul, 59-55, the Wildcats would not go away.
Beth Marshall scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half, and her two three pointers led Northwestern on a 7-0 run as the momentum shifted with the Wildcats closing to 58-51.
"We got [the lead] up to 10 and let it back down to five," Bruno said. "That is what we have been doing in every game we have played all year."
A three pointer by Quigley as the shot clock ran out put the Blue Demons back up 10, and a three pointer by Deanna Ortiz at 7:09 stretched the lead to 71-58.
Kendall Hackney's jumper closed out a 12-3 run as Northwestern moved to within four with 3:49 left. DePaul answered with a lay up from Felicia Chester to push DePaul's lead to 76-70.
The Wildcats missed all four of their shots, including two three pointers, in the game's final 27 seconds.
Quigley, who shot five of eight from three-point range to go along with four assists and two steals, steadied her team throughout the 40 minutes.
"I was just trying to keep my teammates focused on the court," Quigley said. "There were times when we slacked off here or didn't do something right there, so I was just trying to bring them together and understand the little things that we needed to do to get it fixed."
Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke, coming into the game averaging a 24.2 ppg, was held to 16 points on a solid defensive effort by Felicia Chester.
"What is not understood is how great a player Amy Jaeschke is and how tough a player she is to guard," Bruno said. "Felicia Chester has guarded Jaeschke four straight years, and she has done a very good job on her."
Northwestern, second in the Big 10 in offensive three point field goal percentage but last in defensive three point field goal percentage, gave up 12 three pointers with DePaul tying its season high.
The two teams went a combined nine minutes without scoring in the first half. DePaul's only basket in the last 5:07 was a lay up by Taylor Pikes at the buzzer.
Quigley scored 12 first half points as DePaul led 36-31 at the break.
Keisha Hampton scored 11 and Anna Martin added 10 for the Blue Demons. DePaul got 17 points off the bench from Deanna Ortiz and China Threatt to help outscore Northwestern's bench 21-6.
Hackney led Northwestern (8-2) with 23 points.
DePaul hosts #2 Stanford on Thursday at 7:00 CST.
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