DePaul Falls at Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The DePaul women's basketball team dropped a 78-75 decision at Notre Dame on Tuesday night. The loss snapped a season-high nine-game winning streak for the Blue Demons as four players scored in double-figures for 10th-ranked DePaul.

The visitors started quickly as Erin Carney and Jenna Rubino gave DePaul a 5-0 lead in the first 45 seconds. In a preview of the rest of the night, Notre Dame returned with two consecutive buckets by Charel Allen and Tulyah Gaines.

Allen gave the Irish their first lead at 11-10 before Rubino scored on a baseline layup and a breakaway layup forcing Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw to call a time out with 15:00 left in the first half.

Quigley hit another basket for DePaul before No. 24/22 Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Megan Duffy for an 18-16 Irish advantage with 12:28 left in the first period.

A three-pointer by Rachael Carney tied the game at 19-19 and marked DePaul's first points in nearly five minutes. After Carney forced an Irish turnover, Rubino's second three-pointer of the first half regained the lead for the Blue Demons with just over eight minutes until intermission.

Caprice Smith hit a three-pointer to give DePaul a 27-23 lead, but Notre Dame came right back with seven straight points for a 30-27 advantage. Rubino ended the flurry with a slashing jumper in the lane to cut the deficit to a point.

In the final three minutes, Notre Dame outscored DePaul, 7-4, to take a 37-33 lead into halftime. The first period played even with each team hitting 14 field goals. DePaul shot a combined .483 from the field while the Irish checked in at .467.

Four minutes into the second half, Rubino's third and fourth three's of the evening tied the game at 39-39. The Rubino run continued with a third straight trifecta to give the Blue Demons their first lead of the second period.

Rachael Carney continued the three-point trend with a long-ranger from the baseline and Quigley hit a jumper on the break to put DePaul ahead by eight points at 47-39 with just under 15 minutes left in the game.

The run ballooned into an 18-0 blizzard and finished with back-to-back baskets by Quigley and Suzanne Morrison. When the dust settled, DePaul held a 51-39 lead with 13:30 on the clock. It was the largest lead of the game for either team.

Notre Dame wouldn't go away as they scored the next nine points forcing DePaul head coach Doug Bruno to call a timeout while holding leading 51-48 and 10:43 left on the clock.

Coming out of the break, Breona Gray hit a basket and Duffy drained a three-pointer to give Notre Dame a two-point lead.

Khara Smith hit a free throw with 6:27 left in the game to give the Blue Demons their first point in seven minutes. Notre Dame answered to increase the lead to 59-52 for their largest advantage of the second half.

DePaul (16-2, 3-2 BIG EAST) took the shot and answered as Rubino hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 63-61 with 3:47 to go.

The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes and Quigley's three-pointer with 1:37 left made the score 69-68 with Notre Dame hanging onto the lead. Quigley's three was the 12th of the game for the Blue Demons.

On DePaul's next possession, Quigley tied the game with another three-pointer before Tulyah Gaines hit two free throws with 1:17 on the clock. Gaines' free shots started a free throw frenzy as Notre Dame finished the game by making 7-of-10 attempts.

Trailing by five points with 30 seconds left in the game, the Blue Demons kept things interesting as they cut the lead to just three points with 1.5 seconds left. Following a DePaul time out, Quigley intercepted the Irish inbounds pass at half court. She took a dribble and launched a shot that hit the back of the rim at the buzzer with the final score at 78-75 in favor of the home team.

Rubino finished with a career-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Quigley scored 19 points while Rachael Carney chipped in a career-best 12 points on four three-pointers. Khara Smith tallied her 67th career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Duffy led Notre Dame (11-5, 2-3 BIG EAST) with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Erwin and Lindsay Schrader added 10 points each.

DePaul travels to Seton Hall on Saturday for a BIG EAST Conference game. Tipoff in South Orange, N.J., is set for 2 p.m. EST.

Game Notes: The loss snapped a season-high nine-game winning streak… DePaul has lost their two games this season by a combined five points… the team is 1-1 this season against ranked opponents… DePaul is now 2-21 all-time as an AP-ranked against AP-ranked opponents… the Blue Demons trailed at halftime for just the second time this season (UNLV – Nov. 19, 2005)… it was also the second game this season that the opponent outrebounded DePaul (Wisconsin – Nov. 27, 2005)… the 13 three-pointers are the most since Feb. 27, 2005 (13 vs. Marquette)... Jenna Rubino recorded her second straight game with at least 20 points… she also matched a career-high with five three-pointers… Rachael Carney's 12 points marked her first DePaul game in double-figures… Khara Smith's 10 points ended a streak of four straight games with at least 20 points… she has grabbed 14 rebounds in three of the last four games… the series stands at 14-10 in favor of DePaul… the win for Notre Dame gives the Irish at 6-5 advantage on their home floor.

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