Blue Demons Drop Big East Game at Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A Notre Dame run midway through the first half gave the Irish a lead they would never relinquish in a 78-70 win over DePaul on Sunday evening. The Blue Demons trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half and pulled to within five before Notre Dame iced the game with free throws in the final minute.

Allie Quigley nearly outscored Notre Dame by herself early in the first half. Behind 12 points from the junior, DePaul held a 19-13 advantage before Notre Dame went on a 13-3 run for a 26-22 lead.

Caprice Smith stymied the run with a turnaround jumper at 4:13, but the Irish finished the half by scoring six of the period's final eight points for a 32-26 lead at intermission. Quigley finished the half with 17 points to lead all scorers and claim her 70th career game in double-figures.

Following a three-pointer by Missy Mitidiero to open the second half, Notre Dame (16-8, 7-4 BIG EAST) went on an 11-2 run to make the score 43-31.

DePaul (15-10, 5-7 BIG EAST) came right back and pulled to within four points at 47-43 with just over 10 minutes on a China Threatt jumper. Over the next five minutes, the Irish slowly pulled away and took their largest lead of the game when Ashley Barlow rebounded a missed free throw and put it back in to give the home team a 61-48 advantage.

The Irish held at least an eight-point lead until Caprice Smith hit back-to-back three's to bring the Blue Demons to within five points with 47 ticks on the clock. Having to foul, DePaul saw Notre Dame go 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 38 seconds to preserve the 78-70 win. The Irish went 26-for-38 in the game from the free throw line while the Blue Demons were 8-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Quigley finished the game with 20 points and was held to just one field goal attempt in the second half. Threatt came off the bench to score 16 points and dish out six assists while Smith and Sam Quigley added 10 points apiece.

Charel Allen finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead Notre Dame. She was followed by Barlow and Melissa Lechlitner with 13 points each and Tulyah Gaines added 12 points.

DePaul returns to McGrath Arena on Saturday night against Seton Hall. Tipoff in Lincoln Park is set for 7 p.m. as the DePaul athletics department celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Postgame Notes: Allie Quigley moved into sole possession of third in career three-pointers… she reached double-figures for the 70th time in her career… Jenna Rubino made her 90th consecutive start and played in her 120th career game to move into a tie for 10th all-time… Rubino's eight points moved her into 14th on DePaul's all-time scoring list… at least four players have scored in double-figures in 12 games this season… the Blue Demons are 8-4 with at least four in double-figures… the loss marked the 19th season in school history with at least 10 defeats (last, 2002-03 with 22-10 record)… DePaul now leads the series, 15-11… the two teams have split the last eight meetings with each team defending its home court four times.

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