#22 DePaul Routs #3 Stanford

CHICAGO- DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno told alumni before Thursday night's game against Stanford that if his team lost the game the alums should throw hats on the floor to celebrate his hat trick. Instead, Bruno's team threw a near perfect game.

The Blue Demons got 27 points from Keisha Hampton and 24 points from Felicia Chester to beat #3 Stanford, 91-71, on Doug Bruno Court at McGrath Arena.

Bruno, whose teams had given head coaches Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer their 800th career wins, was facing the same fate against Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. But aggressive play, forced tempo and excellent field goal shooting all helped Bruno and his team avoid any hats.

"DePaul was extremely aggressive and they got contributions from a lot of different people," VanDerveer said. "Their team was very prepared and came out and jumped on us from the get go"

Chester scored six straight points in the first half to help DePaul rally from a 20-18 deficit to a 26-20 lead. Her six of seven field goal shooting in the first half helped give the Blue Demons a 37-35 lead at the break.

It was the only time Stanford had trailed at the half all year.

The Cardinal (6-1) looked confused on offense and tentative on defense all night, and DePaul took advantage of that for the entire 40 minutes.

"We tried to go inside to Sarah Boothe and Nnemkadi [Ogwumike], but they made it hard to do," VanDerveer said. "It was really hard to figure out ways to score, and we really struggled."

Bruno noted last year's 96-60 loss at Stanford as a point which made this win possible.

"The seeds that helped us grow this team into the team that they are really started a year ago in Palo Alto when a very great Stanford team beat us by 36. I think we really grew from that defeat, and six days later we beat #6 in the nation, Florida State, and I do not think that would have happened without what happened in Palo Alto."

Stanford closed to 44-43 on two free throws by Jeanette Pohlen (23 points), but DePaul went on a 17-2 run keyed by Hampton's three free throws and seven points to lead 61-45 with 12:01 to play.

"I was a having a tough first half so coach told me I had to do the little things to get started, so I got to the line and started to feel better about myself," Hampton said.

The closest Stanford would get the rest of the night was 73-60 with 5:30 left to play.

Sam Quigley added 11 points and five assists for DePaul.

Stanford was 10th in the country in field goal percentage defense at 32.8%. DePaul shot 59.6% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.

The Cardinal's Wade Watch candidate, Kayla Pedersen, did not play.

DePaul (13-1), winners of 10 in a row, play next at Arizona State this Tuesday at 8:30 CST. The team returns to McGrath Arena on December 29 to host New Jersey Tech at 7:00 CST.


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