#15 DePaul Improves to 9-0 with a Win at NIU

DeKALB, Ill. – Fueled by three players in double figures, the No. 15/16 DePaul women's basketball team sailed past Northern Illinois 90-58, Monday at the NIU Convocation Center. Allie Quigley led all players with 19 points, while Deirdre Naughton added 16 and Natasha Williams finished with 14 points for the Blue Demons.

Having won their first nine games the Blue Demons are off to the program's best start since the 1985-86 season while the Huskies fall to 3-7 in the young season.

After battling the first couple of minutes the Huskies took a 10-8 lead on Ebony Lewis' jumper from the top of the key to force a Blue Demon timeout with 16:56 left in the first half. DePaul came out of the break with a new defensive intensity and went on a 23-8 run over the next 8:15 minutes.

The Blue Demons finished the first half up by 22 points as they forced 11 turnovers and took a 45-23 advantage to the locker room.

DePaul (9-0) settled into its offense in the second half as every active player on the Blue Demon roster put points on the board. DePaul shot a sizzling 50 percent from the field for the game while the Huskies made just 35 percent of their shots.

With their shots falling and the Blue Demons locked in on defense, DePaul held its advantage and did not allow NIU closer than 24 points in the second half. Williams scored back-to-back baskets to start the second period and Quigley and Naughton joined the bucket brigade as the trio combined to score 17 points in the first 6:53 of the second half.

Up 65-37, with 13:07 left in the game the Blue Demons went to their bench and out scored Northern Illinois 17-15 in the second half.

Felicia Chester gave the Blue Demons a 32 point advantage – the team's largest of the game by sinking a pair of free throws with 32 second left in the contest.

Whitney Lowe and Shari Welton each finished with 11 points for the Huskies while Jessie Cox added 10 points.

Williams and Quigley led the Blue Demons with seven rebounds apiece. Williams added defensive pressure as she blocked three shots and DePaul finished with five total blocked shots.

Aileen Rossouw lead NIU with seven boards.

The Blue Demons play their second matinee of the season on Thursday when they make the short trip to Evanston for the noon game with Northwestern.

Game Notes: DePaul improves to 9-0 for just the second time in school history... 9-0 is the best start in the programs history, the 1985-86 team also started 9-0... with five assists Allie Quigley passed Tammy Williams (1991-93 – 337 assists) for sixth all-time with 340 assists... Quigley needs four assists to pass Jenni Dant (2001-05 – 343) for fifth all-time... DePaul has won 29 in-a-row over teams from Illinois... the Blue Demons have also won 43 of the last 44 and 50 of the last 52 against Illinois programs... the Blue Demons scored 90 or more points in three straight games for the first time since Nov. 2004... DePaul posted a 118-49 win over Northwestern on Nov. 27, a 97-54 win versus Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 30 and a 99-54 victory against Loyola-Chicago on Dec 6... DePaul has outscored its last five opponents by 177 points (35.4 points per game)... with two rebounds tonight, Caprice Smith needs one rebound to reach 600 rebound mark... the Blue Demons now lead the series, 29-7, and have won each of the last 14 meetings.

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