Balanced Scoring Paces DePaul Past Providence

CHICAGO – DePaul showed glimpses of early-season form with 81 points and 55 rebounds for an 81-47 win over Providence. The Blue Demons posted a 46-10 lead at halftime and outrebounded in the Friars by 25 boards in BIG EAST action on Saturday night.

Missy Mitidiero set DePaul's aggressive tone on the game's first possession as she drove baseline and drew a Friar foul. The junior sank both free throws and the Blue Demons were off to the races.

Midway through the opening half, the Blue Demons held a 23-6 advantage on an Allie Quigley three-pointer. Sam Quigley followed with back-to-back jumpers for a 21-point lead as the Blue Demons held Providence scoreless for just over 10 minutes.

Shauna Snyder ended the Friar drought, but in the mean time, the Blue Demons ignited the scoreboard with 36 points.

In the final six minutes, DePaul increased the lead to a commanding 36 points and ended the half with Caprice Smith taking an inbounds pass in the lane and dropping in the one-handed shot all in one motion. The dot on the "i" of the first half made the score, 46-10, in favor of the Blue Demons.

Providence (12-9, 2-6 BIG EAST) outscored DePaul, 37-35, in the second half, but the 36-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome. The Blue Demons led by as many as 40 points on two occasions on two China Threatt free throws at 5:36 and a pair by Erin Carney with 2:38 left in the contest. Carney's free shots made the score 81-41 as the game closed with a six straight Providence points for the 81-47 final.

Sam Quigley led DePaul with career-high's of 18 points and seven rebounds. Caprice Smith posted her seventh double-double with 16 points and a career-best 17 boards while Allie Quigley added 16 points and six rebounds. Jenna Rubino rounded out the double-figuring scoring with 14 points and seven rebounds. Carney made her first appearance after a 10-game absence with four points and four rebounds off the bench.

Providence was led by Chelsea Marandola's 10-point, 10-rebound double-double with Snyder adding 11 points for the Friars.

DePaul (14-7, 4-4 BIG EAST) hits the road the next two games starting on Tuesday night at St. John's. Tipoff in Queens, N.Y., is set for 7 p.m. ET. Next Saturday sees the Blue Demons at Louisville for a Noon ET game on the BIG EAST TV network. Check local listings for availability.

Postgame Notes: DePaul's 34-point margin of victory was the largest of the season… the 36-point lead at halftime was also the largest of the season… Erin Carney played for the first time since Dec. 15 at Detroit… the Blue Demons are 10-1 this season when holding opponents to less than 70 points… at least four players have scored in double-figures in 10 games this season… DePaul is now 31-3 in the last 34 home conference games… over the last six-plus seasons, the Blue Demons are 71-3 when scoring at least 80 points… DePaul leads the series by a 3-2 margin over the Friars.

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