Quigley's 37 Points Lead DePaul Over Rutgers

CHICAGO - Allie Quigley's career-high 37 points led No. 18/20 DePaul past No. 19/21 Rutgers, 87-73, on Thursday night. Quigley led three players in double-figures as the Blue Demons won the sixth straight game.

Trailing 9-8, DePaul (6-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) went on a 16-4 run to open up a nine-point lead. Quigley started the run with one of her seven three-pointers and the Blue Demon flurry finished with a layup by Erin Carney for a 24-13 advantage with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.

Rutgers chipped away and took a one-point lead when Matee Ajavon nailed a three-pointer for a 30-29 lead at the six-minute mark. In the remainder of the first half, the lead changed hands three times and the score was tied twice. Carney's short jumper on DePaul's final possession gave the home team a 44-38 lead at halftime.

A three-pointer and jumper by Caprice Smith pushed DePaul ahead by 14 at 59-45, but Rutgers didn't go away. Over the next eight minutes, the Scarlet Knights outscored the Blue Demons, 21-11, to close within four points.

However, jumpers by Smith and Carney along with two free throws and a three-pointer by Quigley put DePaul back up by a dozen points and Rutgers (2-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) was never within 10 points over the final three minutes.

Smith added 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds while Carney chipped in 12 points, nine boards and four assists. Jenna Rubino added eight points and seven rebounds to go with three assists.

Rutgers was led by Epiphanny Prince with 19 points and four rebounds. She led five players in double-figures followed by Kia Vaughn with 14, Brittany Ray and Ajavon with 12 points each and Essence Carson with 10 points. Vaughn also added a team-high 15 rebounds.

The two teams knocked down 12 three-pointers apiece while going a combined 24-of-57 from behind the arc.

DePaul hosts Northwestern next Wednesday with the start time set for Noon. No tickets are available as the DePaul athletic department welcomes children from 37 Chicagoland schools to the game. Live stats and audio will be available for the game.

DePaul vs. Rutgers Postgame Notes

DePaul Notes: DePaul has won 29 of the last 30 home conference games... the lone loss was an 84-75 decision to Connecticut last season... the Blue Demons are 6-1 or better to start the season for the ninth time in school history... DePaul's 12 three's marked the third game this season with at least 10 three-pointers in a game... the Blue Demons took the entire 2005-06 season to tally three 10-plus three-point games... Allie Quigley's 37 points were a career high... her previous career-high was 26 points (3x, last vs. Illinois State, Nov. 18, 2006)... Quigley is 11-for-16 from the three-point line in the last two games... she also moved into a tie for fourth all-time with 156 career three's... DePaul's last 30-point game was a 31-point effort by Khara Smith vs. Charlotte (Jan. 16, 2005) - 56 games... Quigley's seven three-pointers were the most by a DePaul player in McGrath Arena history and a career single-game high... the seven three's tie for third all-time on DePaul's single-game chart – just one shy of the school-record eight... Caprice Smith registered her fourth career double-double and gathered a career-high 16 rebounds... the series is now tied at 1-1... DePaul now has at least one victory against all 15 BIG EAST opponents.

Rutgers Notes: Rutgers is 2-4 to start the season for the first time since the 1994-95 season... the loss ended a streak of 24 straight BIG EAST regular-season victories... the loss was also the first in conference play for the Scarlet Knights against one of the five newest members of the BIG EAST... Rutgers' 31 three-point attempts were the most by an opponent at McGrath Arena... Kia Vaughn tallied her sixth career double-double and third of the season... Rutgers' 12 three-pointers are a new school single-game record.

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