DePaul placed six players in double figures and stretched its home winning streak to 18 games as the #10 Blue Demons beat #18 Georgetown, 82-57, in front of a sell out crowd at the newly named McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Blue Demons (25-3, 12-1 Big East) remain in sole possession of 2nd place in the Big East. This was DePaul's fastest start to 25 wins in program history.
And DePaul got this win, in part, by playing two solid halves of basketball.
"This season we have not been consistent in the second half," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "We have played some great halves of basketball and then let up. I thought we did a much better job tonight of keeping the pedal to the floor and keeping the intensity level in the second half to put together two halves of basketball."
And those two halves were joined by the young and the old.
Sophomore Katherine Harry recorded a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals) and sixth year senior Deirdre Naughton scored 12 points in 16 minutes of play.
"We did a really great job, everybody, on the glass and I just wanted to get out there and get the rebounds that I could," Harry said. "Rebounding is a selfish statistic and coach will say it's okay to be selfish with that because you are helping your team."
DePaul outrebounded Georgetown 43-35.
"I have now played 12 games since I came back [from a knee injury last year], so I am taking it day by day," Naughton said. "I feel good, so whatever I can do, each game is kind of different with my minutes."
Naughton's catch, spin move and lay up with 1:17 left in the first half was as pretty a move as fans will see all year and it gave the Blue Demons a 33-22 lead. She scored 11 of her 12 points in the fist half.
"It was great to get the injection of Deirdre off the bench," Bruno said. "Georgetown brings the heat and I thought Georgetown was really ready to play, and she did a great job against the heat."
Anna Martin (12 points) scored DePaul's first six points of the game on consecutive three pointers, and Harry blocked Morgan Williams' lay up attempt at the buzzer as DePaul led 37-24 at the break.
Georgetown (20-7, 8-5 Big East), which beat #4 Tennessee earlier this year, shot 30% from the field for the game.
The Hoyas' Sugar Rodgers, second in scoring in the Big East at 18.7 ppg, scored 20 but had to put up 24 shots to do it.
"Another key was the defensive job Keisha Hampton did on Rodgers tonight," Bruno said. "Rodgers is one of the best players in this conference. We are asking a player who is our leading scorer [Hampton] to hunker down and guard one of the best players in the conference. I thought that was key tonight that Sugar had to work and only had five points at half."
Hampton scored 12 points and had five rebounds.
The second half was all DePaul as four points from Harry followed by a three-pointer from Sam Quigley (14 points, five assists) at 15:50 gave the Blue Demons a 49-30.
A jumper from Taylor Pikes pushed the DePaul lead to 78-55 with 3:19 left.
Pikes, with 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench, remains a contender for the Big East Sixth Man of the Year award in her coach's eyes.
"We have almost gone through the entire conference now, and I don't see anybody that is better than [Pikes] as the Sixth Man of the Year," Bruno said.
DePaul winds down the regular season with games at Louisville this Wednesday and at Marquette this Saturday before finishing up at home against #8 Notre Dame on Senior Night next Monday at 8:00 CST.
Bruno was presented before the game with the basketball from his 500th win.
DePaul's 10 three pointers puts it over 200 threes for the year, the 11th time in program history it has made 200 or more three pointers.
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