No. 7 Connecticut Holds Off DePaul

STORRS, Conn. – Trailing Connecticut by 17 points midway through the second half, the DePaul women's basketball team didn't back down as the Blue Demons cut the deficit to just five points. However, the fifth-ranked Huskies scored 10 of the game's last 13 points for an 88-76 decision on Wednesday night.

Things didn't look good early as Connecticut (17-2, 7-0 BIG EAST) hit the game's first three baskets for a 6-0 advantage. DePaul weathered the early flurry and a lay-up by Allie Quigley tied the game at 10-10 with 14:34 left in the game.

Three minutes later, Caprice Smith pulled the Blue Demons to within a point at 20-19 before the Huskies went on a 14-3 run. Smith answered with a jumper and a three-pointer followed by a Quigley bucket to bring DePaul (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST) within seven points with just under four minutes until halftime.

Smith started the second half with a jumper and Missy Mitidiero followed with a three-pointer and the Blue Demons trailed by three at 42-39.

The Blue Demons kept the deficit to less than 10 points until Mel Thomas nailed three-pointers on consecutive possessions and Renee Montgomery's jumper gave the Huskies their largest lead at 64-47 with 12:01 left in the game.

Over the next nine minutes, DePaul chipped away and outscored Connecticut by a 24-12 margin. Jenna Rubino's second three-pointer of the game cut the Huskies lead to just five points with 2:53 left on the clock.

Following consecutive baskets by Brittany Hunter and Kalana Greene, Quigley knocked down a three-pointer for six-point deficit with 43 seconds left, but that would be as close as DePaul would get. Connecticut finished the game by going 6-for-8 from the free throw line for the 88-76 final.

Smith led DePaul in scoring for the seventh time this season with 19 points. The junior led four players in double-figures as Quigley scored 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Rubino and Threatt scored 15 points each while DePaul was outrebounded 42-32 by the Huskies. Connecticut pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and converted them into 21 second-chance points. Despite the size disadvantage, DePaul totaled 32 points in the paint while Connecticut finished the night with 34 points in the paint.

Greene totaled a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead four Connecticut players in double-figures. Houston scored 19 points and was followed by Tina Charles and Hunter with 11 points each.

DePaul returns to McGrath Arena this weekend for a Saturday night against Providence. Tipoff in Lincoln Park is set for 7 p.m.

Postgame Notes: Jenna Rubino moved into a tie for fifth all-time with her 155th and 156th career three-pointers… DePaul is now 1-3 this season against ranked opponents… Rubino started her 85th consecutive game… the game was the 929th in program history… DePaul is now 15-10 all-time against BIG EAST teams as a member of the conference… Connecticut leads the series, 3-1, and has won each of the last three meetings.

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