Blue Demons Defeat UNLV to Win Invitational

Playing in the championship game of the Blue Demon Invitational, DePaul had a rough start to the game but rallied in the second half to beat UNLV 88-72 Saturday night.

The Blue Demons were led by Allie Quigley's 21 points. Quigley's points were all the more impressive because she had to sub in at point guard with Missy Mitidiero and Rachael Carney out with injuries.

"Allie was very good playing a different position," head coach Doug Bruno said. "She's never played point guard in her life and now she has to play point guard tonight against a relentless defense. That's not easy to do. She really handled the ball."

DePaul got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Khara Smith. Bruno was pleased with her performance and felt that she started to play like her All-American self in the second half.

Jenna Rubino scored 17 for the Blue Demons and pulled down 5 rebounds. Ciara Johnson got additional playing time and used it to fill up the stat sheet with 8 points, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

DePaul actually was up 17-8 seven minutes into the game, but UNLV charged back. The Rebel's went on a 11-3 run to draw within one, with Sheena Moore scoring 4 of her game-high 25 points.

After DePaul attempted to pull away, UNLV decided to go with the press. The pressure got to the Blue Demons as they coughed it up four times in the last three minutes and were outscored 11-3 to end the first half.

Bruno wasn't very happy with his team's performance in the first half.

"We really played about as unintelligent a first half as we've played in a long time," he said. "The first half was a very chaotic first half. Vegas did a great job of coming at us."

The second half started much like the first, with UNLV's press harassing the Blue Demons. Down with 41-36 with 18:17 left, DePaul started to figure out the Rebel's press and went on a decisive 21-5 run.

The Blue Demons went on a 12-0 run minutes later to put the game away. A key to the big runs was the ability to break the press and slow the game down.

"I think we were able to stabilize the game," Bruno said. "I think our pressure did wear them out some."

The Blue Demons started Claudette Towers at point guard for the second straight night, but she couldn't match her Friday night performance. Coming off of a 7 assist, 0 turnover game, Towers could only muster two turnovers, while playing only four minutes in the first half. She played 10 minutes in the second half, dishing out one assist.

"Claudette was not ready when the game started" said Bruno. "She did not play well when the game started. She had a couple of silly initial fouls."

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