#13 DePaul Mashes Highlanders

CHICAGO- In a prelude to this Sunday's DePaul Hall of Fame induction of basketball All-American Latasha Byears, the DePaul Blue Demons put on their own Hall of Fame display Thursday night at McGrath Arena.

Felicia Chester and Katherine Harry scored DePaul's first 10 points as the Blue Demons beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology 90-43.

Both players were in double figures by halftime as DePaul dominated the Highlanders inside, scoring 40 of its 54 first half points in the paint.

DePaul, off to its second best start in school history at 18-2, has now won 15 of its last 16 games.

Sam Quigley's three pointer with 1:24 left in the half moved her into a tie with Laura Sobiezczyk for seventh place on DePaul's all-time three point list. She needs one more three pointer to move into a tie with Anne McDonald for sixth place.

The Blue Demons finished with five players in double figures with Harry recording the only double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Chester added 15 points, Keisha Hampton scored 12 and Taylor Pikes notched 10. All DePaul players in uniform entered the scoring column.

"Coach [Bruno] is always wanting to make ourselves known inside and I think tonight we saw that we had a size advantage," Harry said. "We had a lot of success with that early and we just stuck with it the entire game."

And as good a team win as this one was, perhaps the best thing to come out of it were the increased minutes of DePaul's Deirdre Naughton and China Threatt as both players are returning from knee injuries last year.

Naughton logged 25 minutes and scored four points to go along with six rebounds while Threatt played 19 minutes and tallied six points and three assists.

The Highlanders' Rayven Johnson, who set a NJIT school record with nine three pointers in NJIT's last game versus Houston Baptist, was held to five points on 2-12 shooting from the field including 1-4 from behind the arc. NJIT (5-11) was led by Jessica Gerald's 21 points.

DePaul stays home and resumes Big East play when it entertains Seton Hall this Saturday at 7:00 CST.

Notes:

NJIT head coach Margaret McKeon, who played at St. John's, holds the Big East single assist record with 18 assists versus Georgetown on 1-16-91.

This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Tonight's game was the 150th women's basketball game played at McGrath Arena.


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