Smith and Quigley Lead DePaul Past Pittsburgh

CHICAGO – After moving into the No. 11 slot in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches' poll on Tuesday afternoon, the DePaul women's basketball team held off Pittsburgh, 81-75, on Tuesday evening for their seventh consecutive victory. Khara Smith and Allie Quigley combined for 55 points to lead the way as Smith powered her way to a 29-point, 14-rebound double-double.

Quigley knocked down a jumper in the lane and a three-pointer to push DePaul ahead, 10-6, three minutes into the game. The Panthers answered with two buckets on consecutive possessions to tie the score.

Pittsburgh built a five-point lead at 29-24 on a free throw by Shavonte Zellous with just over eight minutes left in the first half. The Panthers were sizzling in the first half with a .576 team field goal percentage. DePaul was just as warm as they combined to shoot .525 in the opening 20 minutes.

The lead increased to 37-30 when Danielle Taylor found herself all alone under the basket for an uncontested layup. Following a DePaul time out, Claudette Towers found Smith under the basket. That bucket started a half-ending 17-10 run for DePaul to take a three-point lead with seconds left until halftime. Just before time expired, Mallorie Winn hit a three-pointer from the top of key to beat the buzzer and tie the game at 47-47.

The two teams traded baskets over the first five minutes of the second half before the visitors put together a five-point flurry for a 59-54 advantage. DePaul took the shot from Pittsburgh and answered with a 12-2 run started by a three-pointer by Towers.

Following the trifecta from Towers, Quigley and Smith combined to score 23 of DePaul's final 24 points. Quigley, who finished the evening with a career-high 26 points, scored eight straight points before Smith reeled off 10 in-a-row. Quigley's second three-pointer of night gave DePaul a 78-72 lead with just over three minutes left before Smith hit a bucket and Towers knocked down a free throw for the 81-75 final.

Smith dropped a season-high 29 points to go with 14 rebounds while Quigley totaled 26 points, five assists and a steal. For Smith, it was her 10th double-double of the season. Jenna Rubino totaled nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Erin Carney pulled down nine boards to go with five points.

Marcedes Walker and Maddy Brown led Pittsburgh (10-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) with 18 points each. Walker also added a team-high eight rebounds for the Panthers.

DePaul continues BIG EAST action this weekend as they travel to Marquette. The Blue Demons and Golden Eagles meet for the 46th time at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee and televised on WMLW-41.

Game Notes: DePaul won the 31st straight home game… it was also the 22nd consecutive home conference victory… the 14-1 start equals the 2003-04 squad for the best start in school history… Khara Smith's double-double was the 64th of her career… DePaul's No. 11 ranking the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches' poll matched the highest slot in program history…the series with Pittsburgh is now tied, 1-1.

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