The win was payback for a 78-75 loss to Notre Dame on January 17th in South Bend.
"They kept the pressure on, they left their starters in, they were going to win by a hundred if they could," said Irish coach Muffet McGraw.
In the first meeting in South Bend, All-American candidate Megan Duffy recorded a near triple-double with 23 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists. This time around Duffy was held to 12 points on two of 12 shooting from the field.
"I thought Claudette (Towers) did a very good job on Megan Duffy the entire ballgame," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "Rachael Carney gave us valuable backup minutes on Megan."
DePaul grabbed an early lead and had a 20-10 margin with 8:45 to play in the first half. Notre Dame then went on a 12-1 run to take command 22-21. The half closed with DePaul up 29-26 as the teams headed to the locker room.
With a 44-38 lead with 11:09 remaining in the game, the Blue Demons locked down the Irish and went on a 15 point run to take a decisive lead.
DePaul out-manned Notre Dame on the boards 51 to 37 as senior center Khara Smith snared 19 rebounds for the Blue Demons. "I just wanted to come out and make a point and grab all the rebounds I could," said Smith.
"It was a monster rebounding game for Khara," said Bruno.
Four players finished in double figures for DePaul. Sophomore Allie Quigley led all scorers with 26 points. Khara Smith added 12 points, sophomore Caprice Smith contributed 11, and freshman Erin Cattell chipped in with 10 points.
Charel Allen led the Irish in scoring with 15 points. Courtney Lavere added 10 points for Notre Dame.
Bruno had Bill Schyman who played basketball for Ray Meyer at DePaul in the 1950's and former Blue Demon Sally Anderson give his team a few words of inspiration before the game. Both were inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame on Saturday. The two teams that Schyman had never beaten while at DePaul were Notre Dame and Kentucky. He asked the team to beat Notre Dame for him.
Note: Retiring Chicago Tribune sportswriter Bill Jauss was honored at the game.
Official Box Score
No. 17 DePaul Pays Back Notre Dame 79-50
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