Blue Demons Take DePaul Invitational Title

CHICAGO – A career-high tying 26 points for Allie Quigley led the Blue Demons past Illinois State in the championship game of the DePaul Invitational on Saturday at McGrath Arena. The win 90-64 win marked the seventh straight regular-season tournament title for the Blue Demons.

As cold as DePaul started on Friday against Yale, the Blue Demons were just as warm against Illinois State on Saturday. DePaul knocked down six of the first 11 shots to build a 15-8 advantage within three minutes of the start.

The game settled down over the next six minutes as DePaul (2-1) never led by more than six points. A three-pointer by Quigley pushed the lead to 23-14 with 10:53 on the clock before Illinois State scored six straight points.

Quigley ended the brief Redbird flurry with another jumper that started a 15-1 run to blow open the close game. When the dust settled with a Caprice Smith jumper with 3:39 left, the Blue Demons held a commanding 38-21 advantage.

Lashawn Johnson trimmed the deficit to 14 points only to see DePaul finish the period with seven of the final nine points. The half ended with China Threatt gathering a Smith miss and nailing a three-pointer from the corner as time expired. Threatt's bucket made the halftime tally, 45-26, in favor of the home team.

A drive and dish by Threatt to Quigley on the fast break put DePaul ahead by 20 points at 55-35 with just over 14 minutes left in the game. Illinois State (2-2) threatened once again and cut the DePaul lead to 13 points, but the Blue Demons quickly answered with a 17-0 run over a three-minute span. Holly Medley's three-pointer with just over nine minutes left gave the Blue Demons a 76-46 lead.

Quigley's 26 points led three players in double-figures. The junior guard also added team-high's of eight assists and five steals to garner DePaul Invitational MVP honors. She was joined on the All-Tournament by Smith and Threatt. Smith finished the game with 15 points and eight boards while Threatt totaled eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

Mykeema Ford of Stony Brook, Yale's Chinenye Okafor and Kristi Cirone of Illinois State rounded out the All-Tournament team. Stony Brook defeated Yale, 71-69, in the consolation game.

DePaul returns to the hardwood next Saturday against Northern Illinois. Tipoff at McGrath Arena is set for 7 p.m.

Postgame Notes: DePaul has won seven consecutive regular-season tournaments… the Blue Demons have also won 55 straight at home over unranked opponents and 17 consecutive games against teams from the state of Illinois… Erin Carney has totaled two games of at least 10 rebounds in the first three contests this season… Allie Quigley's 26 points were the most by a DePaul player since her 26 points against Notre Dame on Feb. 12, 2006… she need just four points to become the 20th player in school history with 1,000 career points... Saturday was the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs… the Blue Demons lead the series, 4-3.

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