Blue Demons Repel Louisville

CHICAGO – After taking a 32-18 lead at halftime, the No. 12/11 DePaul Blue Demons held off a late charge from the visiting Louisville Cardinals for a 48-44 win on Wednesday evening. The win was the 33rd straight at home for the Blue Demons and was just the second game under 50 points in the last three-plus seasons.

Allie Quigley gave DePaul a 11-5 lead on a three-pointer with 15:03 left in the first half. Louisville answered by scoring the next six points to tie the game on a jumper by Jazz Covington less than two minutes later.

The two teams traded baskets before the Blue Demons reeled off a 15-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 28-13 with 7:05 left on the clock. Five different players scored during the run with three-pointers by Erin Cattell, Jenna Rubino and Erin Carney.

The Cardinals cut the lead to 10 points before jumpers by Quigley and Cattell for the 32-18 score at halftime.

DePaul (18-2, 5-2 BIG EAST) held a double-digit lead over the first 13 minutes of the second half until Yuliya Tokova brought Louisville to within nine at 39-30 with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

Tokova's jumper was in the midst of an 11-0 run for the Cardinals that saw the Blue Demons go scoreless for nearly seven minutes. Rubino ended the drought for DePaul with a three-pointer that bounced high off the rim and into the basket.

Louisville didn't go away as the visitors cut the deficit to a single point on a Covington layup at the four-minute mark. Following a Louisville miss, Quigley's second three-pointer of the game with 3:09 left pushed the Blue Demons back ahead at 47-42.

Covington hit Louisville's final basket of the game to bring the Cardinals to within three points, but Quigley iced the game on a free throw with seven seconds left for the 48-44 final.

The two teams entered the game ranked fourth and fifth in the league in field goal percentage. However, the Blue Demons and Cardinals combined to shoot just .280 (37-132) from the field. DePaul shot a season-low .261 from the field while Louisville posted a combined .302 team percentage.

Quigley led DePaul with 17 points and a career-high nine rebounds while Rubino finished with 10 points and three boards. Khara Smith was held to just five points, but pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out four assists.

Louisville (13-5, 4-3 BIG EAST) was led by Covington with 14 points and four rebounds.

DePaul hosts No. 5/4 Connecticut on Saturday night. The game is sold out and can be seen on CPTV and Fox Sports Net Chicago. Tipoff at the DePaul Athletic Center is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: The win was the 33rd straight at home… it was also the 48th consecutive home win over an unranked opponent… the 18-2 record matches the best 20-game start in school history… DePaul's 48 points were a season-low and the lowest total since a 47-44 win at Valparaiso on Dec. 13, 2002… Khara Smith surpassed the 1,200-rebound mark with 12 boards… she now has 1,203 rebounds… the five points were her lowest total since scoring two points in 22 minutes at Southern Miss on Feb. 7, 2003… the Louisville game ended a run of 23 straight games in double-figures for Smith… the .261 team percentage was the lowest total dating back to the 2000-01 season… DePaul has held eight opponents to a .350 field goal percentage or less this season… Louisville was just the third team to outrebound DePaul this season… DePaul has won seven straight games over Louisville and lead the all-time series, 13-9.

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