#19 DePaul Stumbles at UNLV 89-71

LAS VEGAS – The DePaul women's basketball team dropped its second straight game with an 89-71 loss at UNLV on Thursday night. A pair of first-half scoring droughts for the Blue Demons led to a 21-point halftime lead as UNLV placed five players in double-figures.

The two teams traded baskets over the first four minutes before UNLV scored 13 straight points to take a 23-10 advantage. Jenna Rubino ended the Lady Rebel run with a layup at 9:57 for DePaul's first points in over six minutes.

China Threatt hit a layup with 9:19 left to cut the deficit to a dozen points at 26-14 only to see UNLV (5-6) reel off nine consecutive points capped by a three-pointer from Brittany Halberg for a 21-point lead.

Over the final five minutes of the first period, the two teams played even as the Lady Rebels took a 45-24 lead into intermission. The 21-point deficit was the first 20-point shortfall at halftime for the Blue Demons since trailing, 50-24, against Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Mar. 22, 2004.

DePaul (10-3) couldn't put together a run to threaten the Lady Rebels until midway through the second half. UNLV held at least a 20-point lead until Allie Quigley scored off a steal and layup in full court pressure to make the score 63-44 with 10:52 left in the game.

Quigley's bucket was in the midst of a 9-0 run by the Blue Demons that ended with a Sequioa Holmes jumper with just under 10 minutes to play to push UNLV's lead back to 18 points at 65-47. Faye Muller hit a jumper and a free throw on consecutive possessions for the Lady Rebels to push the advantage back to 21 points.

Quigley led the Blue Demons with 19 points while Rubino added 14 and Sam Quigley scored 11 points. China Threatt dished seven assists for the Blue Demons while Felicia Chester grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots.

Muller's double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds led the Lady Rebels and was one of five UNLV players in double-figures. Halberg led all scorers with 21 points, including an 11-of-12 effort from the free throw line.

DePaul concludes the non-conference schedule at Chicago State on Saturday afternoon. The quick turnaround sees the Blue Demons and Cougars tangle at 2 p.m. The game can be heard live at www.depaulbluedemons.com. BIG EAST play resumes as DePaul hosts Marquette on Jan. 6 and West Virginia on Jan. 9. Both games start at 7 p.m. at McGrath Arena.

Postgame Notes: The 18-point loss was the largest to an unranked team since a 54-36 defeat to Maryland on Nov. 23, 2001… DePaul lost consecutive games for the first time since a three-game losing streak last season… the 21-point halftime deficit was the first 20-point shortfall at halftime for the Blue Demons since trailing, 50-24, against Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Mar. 22, 2004… the Blue Demons are 0-2 against Mountain West Conference teams this season… the series with UNLV is now tied at 1-1.

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