DePaul 99 St. Francis, PA 61

CHICAGO – On paper it was a statistical mismatch and the DePaul women's basketball team proved the stats correct in a 99-61 win over Saint Francis on Saturday night at the DePaul Athletic Center. The Blue Demons jumped out to a 26-3 lead and never looked back as five players reached double-figures.

DePaul (10-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and took a 16-2 advantage on a three-point play by Khara Smith with 16:03 on the clock. Beth Halter hit a free throw for Saint Francis to make the score 20-3, but the Red Flash wouldn't make their second field goal of the first period until a lay-up by Kanisha Garrett with 9:56 left.

A three-pointer by Missy Mitidiero put DePaul up 29-5 and the Blue Demons upped the advantage to 33-7 on a breakaway lay-up by Allie Quigley with just over seven minutes left in the first half.

The Blue Demons finished the first half with just one less field goal made (18) then the Red Flash attempted (19) and held a 48-17 lead. The 31-point advantage was the largest halftime lead of the season.

In the second half, DePaul head coach Doug Bruno substituted regularly as the two teams traded baskets over the first 10 minutes. The lead was never higher than 34 points and the Red Flash couldn't close the deficit to any less than 26 points.

Khara Smith led five players in double-figures with 21 points and five boards in 17 minutes of action. In the process of going 9-of-12 from the field she became the third player in school history to score at least 1,800 career points.

Smith was followed by career-high's from Erin Cattell at 15 points and 14 points by Ciara Johnson. Cattell also added five rebounds and three assists while Caprice Smith totaled 13 points and four boards. Mitidiero dropped in a career-best 11 points to go along with three steals. No DePaul player saw more than 20 minutes of action as all 16 members of the roster saw action against the Red Flash.

Saint Francis (0-9) was led by Whitney Robinson with 12 points and Danielle Hibbard with 10 points.

DePaul hits the road next week for a pair of local games against Loyola and Northwestern. The Blue Demons and Ramblers tipoff at 7 p.m. on Tuesday followed by by a 7 p.m. start on Thursday in Evanston against the Wildcats.

Game Notes: DePaul posted the 29th consecutive win at home and 44th straight win at home over an unranked opponent… the 10-1 record matches the program's best start set by the 1985-86 and 2003-04 squads… Khara Smith moved into a tie for second all-time with 754 field goals… she also surpassed the 1,800-point plateau… DePaul is 40-5 all-time in homes games as an AP-ranked team… the team is 47-for-53 (.887) from the line in the last three games… Saturday was the first meeting between the two programs… DePaul is now 2-0 all-time against opponents from the Northeast Conference.

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