DePaul Drops Big East Game at Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Holding a 47-40 lead at halftime, DePaul was outscored by 14 points in the second half and fell, 87-80, at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Caprice Smith led three players in double-figures with 23 points while the Blue Demons were outrebounded, 49-24, on the afternoon.

The first half went back-and-forth with neither team holding more than a three-point lead in the first 10 minutes. A Missy Mitidiero three-pointer and two buckets by Smith pushed DePaul (17-11, 7-8 BIG EAST) ahead, 27-21, with eight minutes left until intermission.

DePaul's advantage grew as high as eight points on a Smith jumper at 2:27 before Pittsburgh cut the deficit to four points on two Shavonte Zellous free throws and a Xenia Stewart jumper.

Following two Holly Medley free throws and a Panther basket by Zellous, Allie Quigley nailed a three-pointer to give the Blue Demons a 47-40 halftime lead.

Pittsburgh (21-7, 9-6 BIG EAST) came out of the locker room on a 14-2 run and took a 54-49 lead with a Zellous free throw. Caprice Smith and Jenna Rubino ended the run with a jumper and three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to tie the game with 13:22 left.

The next seven minutes saw the two teams trade baskets with the score tied on four occasions. Ashleigh Braxton's three-pointer broke a 66-66 tie and started a 10-4 run for Pittsburgh. The Panthers finished the run with a 76-70 lead on two Marcedes Walker free throws at the three-minute mark.

On DePaul's next possession, Quigley kept the Blue Demons within striking distance on her fourth three-pointer of the afternoon, but that was as close as DePaul would get. The 76-73 lead grew to an eight-point advantage on two free throws by Jania Sims with 38 seconds on the clock.

Smith added six rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and three steals to her 23 points while Quigley finished with 20 points, four steals and three boards. Rubino added 19 points, six assists and three blocked shots.

The Blue Demons combined to go 11-for-11 from the free throw line. On the flip side, Pittsburgh went 23-of-31 from the line and took advantage of their rebounding advantage by outscoring DePaul, 22-5, on second chance points.

Zellous led Pittsburgh with 25 points while Walker totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds.

DePaul finishes the regular season on Monday night against Notre Dame. Tipoff at McGrath Arena is set for 8 p.m. and the game can be seen live on CSTV or online at www.bigeast.tv.

Postgame Notes: The loss was just the fourth in the last six-plus seasons when scoring at least 80 points… DePaul is 72-4 when scoring at least 80 points in that span… Allie Quigley moved into second all-time in career three-pointers… she now has 187 career three's… Lenae Williams (1998-02) holds the program record with 303 career three-pointers… Jenna Rubino moved into a tie for fifth all-time her 123rd career game… DePaul has made a three-pointer in 70 straight games... the Blue Demons are 4-10 this season when allowing 80 or more points… the series is tied at 2-2… the win was the first for Pittsburgh in BIG EAST play.

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