Jacqui Grant scored 18 points to lead No. 18/17 DePaul, but No. 5/6 Baylor handed the Blue Demons their first loss of this season, 104-72, in second round play in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
DePaul (4-1) lost to Baylor by 14 points last season, but the Blue Demons' struggled to generate any half court offense today.
"I know we have people that can score the ball against, maybe, 320 teams in the country, but are we going to be able to score when we have to precisely execute against those other 10 teams, and that was the test today," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "I still don't know this team."
DePaul was down just 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, but Baylor's 15-0 run to start the second half put the game out of reach for DePaul.
"We did not get good looks at the basket and our frustration set in," Bruno said. "Basketball is a simple game. When you defend well you score well, and when you score well you defend well."
The Blue Demons forced Baylor into a season-high 22 turnovers, scoring 23 points off those turnovers, but Baylor (6-1) countered with 64 points in the paint and 15 second chance points.
The two teams were averaging a combined 187.3 points per game before tonight, but the score at halftime was just 37-26
Baylor led 42-26 after their opening third quarter run, prompting Bruno to change course.
"Once we were down I would not continue to walk the ball up the floor; we were going to make the game interesting."
And DePaul did.
Three-pointers by Brooke Schulte, Claire McMahon, Chante Stonewall, and Kelly Campbell trimmed the lead to 63-40 in the third quarter. DePaul had shot just 10 three-pointers by halftime, but got up 31 of them in the second half. The Blue Demons finished 35.7 percent (25-70) from the field and 36.6 percent (15-41) from three-point range.
Ashton Millender finished with 11 points for DePaul, while Campbell and Amarah Coleman each added eight, Schulte seven, McMahon six, and Stonewall five. Campbell and Coleman each had a team-high four assists.
DePaul jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a jumper by Jessica January, but the Blue Demons went without a field goal for 3:33 in the first quarter before Grant's three-pointer broke the ice. There were three ties and three lead changes in the game.
The Blue Demons play Ohio State or Syracuse in the third place game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Central.