DePaul played a stellar first half and survived a sloppy second half to defeat the Seton Hall Pirates 77-59 Saturday night at McGrath Arena.
The Blue Demons (19-2, 6-0), tied with Connecticut and Rutgers for first place in the Big East, certainly showed why with a juggernaut performance in the first twenty minutes against the last place Pirates (7-12, 0-6).
#13 DePaul was shooting 70% from the field with six minutes to play until the break and shot 36% from behind the arc to the Pirates' 22% from the field for the half.
Keisha Hampton and Taylor Pikes both reached double figures in the half as the Blue Demons held Seton Hall to the second lowest first half point total of a Blue Demon opponent this year. 18 Pirate turnovers and 11 DePaul steals helped the Blue Demons lead 50-22 at the break.
"I love this basketball team when they play with intelligence and energy like they did in the first half," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.
And then there was the second half.
"There is a statement when you are a parent that children need the most love when they are least loveable, and that is what I am fighting to engender myself after the second half," said Bruno.
The Pirates' Kandice Green scored 16 of her game high 20 points in the second half and DePaul committed 13 turnovers as Seton Hall went from 38 down to lose by 18.
DePaul opened its largest lead at 67-29 on a jumper by Katherine Harry with 11:36 to play, but the Pirates went on a 30-10 run to finish the game including a 16-3 run in the final 7:23.
The Blue Demons did not score a field goal in the last 4:05.
"If this team is going to be as good as people talk about they are going to be, there is a lot of fixing that needs to get done," said Bruno.
Hampton and Pikes led DePaul with 16 points each, but both players fouled out.
Sam Quigley's three pointer in the second half moved her into a tie for sixth place on DePaul's all-time three point field goal list.
The Blue Demons were outrebounded 41-39.
DePaul travels to Cincinnati this Tuesday before returning home on Sunday to take on #9/9 West Virginia at 3:00 CST.
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