DePaul Tops Syracuse on the Road

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Trailing by three points with just over three minutes left in the game, the DePaul women's basketball team outscored Syracuse, 12-0, to take a 67-58 decision on Tuesday night. Allie Quigley led the Blue Demons with 17 points while Sam Quigley added 10 points as DePaul won for the third time in the last four games.

Despite the warmest temperatures in weeks outside the Carrier Dome, the Blue Demons and Orange remained frigid on the interior. Both teams missed seven of their first eight shots in the first four minutes of action.

DePaul (17-10, 7-7 BIG EAST) warmed up and slowly pulled away, taking a 10-point advantage on a free throw by Allie Quigley with just over five minutes left.

Following a Nicole Michael jumper, Sam Quigley and Jenna Rubino hit back-to-back buckets for a 24-12 lead. In the final three minutes, Syracuse (9-18, 3-11 BIG EAST) scored five of the half's seven points to make the score, 24-17, in favor of the Blue Demons.

The second half started with the two teams trading baskets before a three-pointer by Ashley McMillen and a three-point play by Fantasia Goodwin trimmed the Blue Demon lead to 32-31.

China Threatt scored four straight points as she hit a free throw and converted a three-point play. After getting fouled on a driving lay-up, Threatt made the first free shot and missed the second attempt. On the carom, Erin Cattell forced a Syracuse turnover and Threatt translated the opportunity into a lay-up, foul and free throw giving the Blue Demons a 36-31 lead.

Threatt's four-point flurry started an 11-5 run that ended with two Allie Quigley free throws and a 43-36 lead for the Blue Demons.

Over the next five minutes, the Orange crept back and tied the score at 49-49 on a Cintia Johnson free throw with 7:05 on the clock. The run continued as Goodwin scored on a lay-up and Nicole Michael added a free throw to give Syracuse a three-point advantage.

The lead held for a minute as Allie Quigley and Erin Carney scored on consecutive DePaul possessions. Carney's bucket at the five-minute mark started a stretch of four straight lead changes. After Syracuse took a one-point lead, Michael scored on another short jumper to give the home team a 58-55 advantage.

Michael's bucket would be the last of the night for the Orange as the Blue Demons limited Syracuse to zero field goals on seven attempts in the final 3:20. DePaul capitalized with baskets in the paint by Carney and Caprice Smith. Allie Quigley's breakaway lay-up in the final seconds sealed the 67-58 win for DePaul.

Sam Quigley added 10 points, six rebounds and three assist while Allie finished with four rebounds and three assists to go along with the game-high 17 points.

Rubino chipped in nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. Her three assists made her the first player in school history with 1,200 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 three-pointers.

Michael led Syracuse with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double while Goodwin added 14 points.

DePaul plays the final road game of the regular season on Saturday at Pittsburgh. Tipoff with the Panthers is set for 2 p.m. ET. Notre Dame visits McGrath Arena next Monday night for the final game of the regular season. The Blue Demons and Irish tangle at 8 p.m. with CSTV televising the BIG EAST contest.

Postgame Notes: Jenna Rubino became the first player in school history with 1,200 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 three-pointers… she now has 1,241 points, 529 rebounds, 300 assists and 165 three-pointers… Syracuse was the sixth team held below a .350 field goal percentage this season… the Blue Demons are 13-1 when holding opponents under 70 points… DePaul is 3-3 when scoring less than 70 points… the last three opponents (Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Syracuse) are a combined 3-for-35 (.086) from three-point range… DePaul leads the series, 2-0… Tuesday was the first meeting at the Carrier Dome.

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