DePaul Rolls To 27th Straight Home Win

CHICAGO – The No. 11 DePaul Blue Demons got back on the winning track with a convincing 86-62 win over visiting UW-Green Bay on Saturday night. The win was the 27th straight at the DePaul Athletic Center to keep the nation's second-longest home-floor winning streak in tact.

Jenna Rubino, who finished with a team-high 18 points for DePaul, got the Blue Demons going early. Just over three minutes into the game, she held a personal 9-7 lead over the Phoenix and led the Blue Demons to a 13-7 advantage. The junior knocked down all five attempts from the field in the first half as DePaul (8-1) took a 49-23 lead at intermission.

Holding a 31-21 lead with just over eight minutes left in the first half, the Blue Demons closed the period with an 18-2 run. It was a team effort as the flurry was fueled by points from seven different players.

DePaul kept the pressure on early in the second half as an Allie Quigley jumper pushed the lead to 31 points at 57-26 just under three minutes into the second period. The lead went as high as 32 points on back-to-back possessions midway through the half before UW-Green Bay cut the deficit to 18 points with five minutes on the clock.

Rubino finished the evening by hitting 7-of-9 shots with two three-pointers for her 18 points. Khara Smith registered her seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards while Quigley chipped in 15 points and Caprice Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Nicole Soulis led UW-Green Bay (5-2) with 19 points followed by Kayla Groh and Amanda Popp with 12 points each.

DePaul doesn't get much rest as they host Northern Illinois on Monday night. Tipoff at the DePaul Athletic Center is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: DePaul has won 42 straight home games over unranked opponents… Khara Smith's seventh double-double of the season was the 61st of her career… DePaul has shot at least .500 from the field in four of nine games this season… with two three's, Jenna Rubino moved into 11th all-time with 88 career three-pointers… DePaul's .875 (14-16) free throw percentage was a season high… the Blue Demons lead the series with the Phoenix, 9-5, with Saturday's game serving as the first meeting since Nov. 30, 1996.

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