#14 Blue Demons Best #22 Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers women's basketball team came into the DePaul Athletic Center on Saturday evening with a #22 ranking and owning a victory over DePaul from last season. They left the victims of a 65-54 defeat.

It was a night where both teams struggled shooting the ball. DePaul shot 37.5% from the field while Purdue shot 35% from the field and an ice cold 15% from beyond the three point arc.

The game was close in the first half at 10-9 in DePaul's favor with 14 minutes left in the half when the Blue Demons began a drive. The Blue Demons went on a nine point run sparked by a Khara Smith layup and a Caprice Smith trifecta.

DePaul went into intermission with a commanding 37-20 lead while Khara had 12 points and eight rebounds at the break.

DePaul began the second half with a three point bucket by Claudette Towers which doubled up Purdue 40-20. The Boilermakers responded with a seven point run.

Later Purdue went on a six point scoring drive to get to 49-40, but could get no closer to DePaul.

Two Boilermakers finished in double figures. Guard Katie Gearlds finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Erin Lawless, who hails from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, added 13 points.

DePaul had three women in double figures. Preseason All-American senior center Khara Smith recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Allie Quigley had 15 points including four of seven shooting from three point range. Forward Jenna Rubino ended up with 12 points and 7 boards.

"We approached this with our players as a push game and a statement game," DePaul coach Doug Bruno stated.

Senior guard Claudette Towers had nine assists to just one turnover. "Jarietta Benton walked in tonight and gave Claudette the game ball, pretty cool," Bruno remarked.

DePaul avenged a 69-61 loss at Purdue last season, which the Blue Demons came into with a 6-0 record. "There were just so many reasons why we really wanted to beat Purdue," said Khara Smith. "We just came out played hard, played tough, and we were able to do that."

"Last year we did win 35 minutes of that game," said Bruno. "We lost the last five minutes, that's the most important five minutes. That was something that was very much put into their heads this week."

Official Box Score

Postgame Audio


Earl "The Twirl" Cureton a scout for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA was in attendance tonight. Cureton won a NBA championship as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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