No. 17 DePaul Wins with 0.4 Seconds Left

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Like Clint Eastwood in "Escape from Alcatraz," the DePaul women's basketball team left one of the nation's toughest arenas with a standing room only crowd on the victorious side of a 71-70 score. Caprice Smith's jumper in the lane through traffic beat the buzzer as the Blue Demons won their fourth straight game.

Smith, who scored a career-high 22 points, took an inbounds pass from Jenna Rubino with just five seconds on the clock and beat her defender for an eight-footer. The Phoenix immediately took a time out, but with just 0.4 seconds on the clock, the only managed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Two buckets by Allie Quigley a shot by Erin Cattell to spot the Blue Demons an early 6-2 advantage. Natalie Berglin hit a three-pointer to give UW-Green Bay (3-3) a one-point lead – just one of two leads the Phoenix would hold in the game. They held the lead for a total of 25 seconds in the entire game.

DePaul (4-1) regained the lead and led by as many as seven points on three first-half occasions. A Nicole Soulis layup with 1:36 left in the half brought the Phoenix to within two points, but the Blue Demons answered the loud and boisterous crowd with a Rubino three-pointer and Cattell layup for a 36-29 lead at halftime.

A game of H-O-R-S-E ensued to begin the second half as the first six minutes saw a combined eight three-pointers from the two teams. A Quigley layup through traffic gave the Blue Demons a 55-44 lead forcing UW-Green Bay to call a time out.

Missy Mitidiero's three-pointer with just over 10 minutes left in the game gave the Blue Demons their largest lead of the night at 63-48. The Phoenix came right back and cut the deficit to five points over the next four minutes leading into the frenzied finale.

Leading by just four points, Quigley knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to extend the advantage to 69-62. Her bucket marked the final field goal of the night for the Blue Demons before Smith's bucket to beat the buzzer.

The Phoenix took the lead for just the second time in the game when Berglin scored on a layup following a DePaul turnover. With just 10 ticks on the clock and a full court, the Blue Demons went for the game-winner and the ball was knocked out of bounds on the baseline with five seconds left. Rubino found Smith at the free throw line and she sank the winner on the final shot of the night.

Three players totaled at least 10 rebounds with Cattell totaling a career-high 14 caroms for the second straight game. Smith added 11 boards for her second straight double-double while Rubino added a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

Quigley totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Blue Demons while Mitidiero's 12 points came on 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc. She also dished out a team-high six assists. Quigley's offensive output marked the 15th game of her career with at least 20 points.

DePaul continues the road trip with a Sunday afternoon game at Missouri State. Tipoff in Springfield, Mo., is set for 2 p.m. and the game can be heard live on depaulbluedemons.com. Following Sunday's game, the Blue Demons begin BIG EAST play with defending champion Rutgers on Thursday at McGrath Arena.

Postgame Notes: DePaul is 13-1 all-time when ranked No. 17 in the AP poll… Missy Mitidiero has totaled nine three-pointers in the last two games… Allie Quigley moved into 17th place on DePaul's all-time scoring list… she now has 1,032 career points… she also moved into eight all-time with 145 career three-pointers… double-doubles by Caprice Smith and Jenna Rubino marked the second straight game with two DePaul players recording double-doubles… the game was Rubino's 100th at DePaul… the win was the 575th in program history… 36 three-point attempts are the third-highest single-game total in program history… DePaul has won five straight over opponents from Wisconsin… the Blue Demons have won 23 straight against Horizon League opponents… the program is 97-30 all-time against Horizon League schools… DePaul now leads the series with UW-Green Bay, 10-5.

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