Felicia Chester scored a game high 19 points and #14/21 DePaul placed four players in double figures as the Blue Demons beat South Florida, 77-61.
DePaul (16-2, 4-0 Big East) led 48-43 with 14:15 left in the game when Keisha Hampton (18 points) scored on a three pointer from the right wing to ignite a 15-7 run for the Blue Demons.
With Chester and Katherine Harry both picking up two fouls midway through the first half, and Harry picking up her third with 4:23 remaining until the break, it was Taylor Pikes who helped DePaul retain its edge in the first half.
Pikes, who with 17 points and 10 rebounds recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scored 10 first half points on 4-6 shooting from the field.
"Something I don't ever campaign for are post-season honors in January, but [Taylor Pikes]
certainly at this point in time of the season is the Sixth Man of the Year in our conference," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "She has been giving us great energy off the bench and she just keeps getting better with every game."
Chester scored 11 of her points in the second half including seven of eight from the line and seven of her team's last 10 points.
"I was a little frustrated with how I was playing," Chester said. "I was not making shots that I should have. In the second half most of my points came from the line, but I kept my head in the game and did what I could on defense and rebounding."
Anna Martin added 14 points for DePaul. Sam Quigley was held to four points, but with her four assists she moved into a tie with her sister Allie Quigley for fourth place in career assists with 427.
USF (9-9, 0-4 Big East) was led by Andrea Smith's 16 points.
DePaul travels to Villanova this Sunday before returning home to play New Jersey Tech in a weather-related make-up game from on the 20th.
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