DePaul Off to Best Start in Program History

EVANSTON, Ill. – The DePaul women's basketball team improves to 10-0 for the first time in the program's history as they defeated Northwestern 102-64, Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Allie Quigley led the Blue Demons with a season-high 31 points.

Ranked 15 in this week's AP poll and 14 in the Coaches poll the Blue Demons have won 29 consecutive games against schools in the state of Illinois.

Quigley paced a quartet of Blue Demon players in double figures, and for the third consecutive game every player on DePaul's active roster scored at least one point. Deirdre Naughton finished with 17 points while Natasha Williams followed with 12 and China Threatt rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points.

Williams and Quigley gave the Blue Demons an offensive presence early as Williams dropped in a lay-up for the first bucket of the game and Quigley followed with six unanswered points to give DePaul an early 8-0 advantage.

Northwestern answered with a mini 4-0 run and cut the DePaul lead to 8-4 with 15:32 left in the half. With Quigley leading the offensive effort, the Blue Demons pushed their lead to as many as 18 points and went into the locker room at the half with a with 48-31 advantage.

The fiery Blue Demon offense could not miss in the second half as they shot a sizzling 54 percent from the field. The Wildcats got the crowd into the game with a quick lay-up 10 seconds into the half, but over the next 10 minutes the Blue Demons built a 74-43 advantage. Naughton fueled the Blue Demons' 24-12 run with nine points.

Holly Medley's three pointer from top of the arc with 1:03 left in the contest gave the Blue Demons their 100th point of the game as well as their largest advantage – 39 points.

With their shots falling, the Blue Demon bench outscored NU 30-9. DePaul also forced 19 turnovers which resulted in 25 points.

Northwestern (4-8) shot 37 percent from the field for the game and Nadia Bibbs led the Wildcat effort with 25 points. Ellen Jaeschke finished with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Williams paced the Blue Demons with nine boards, five of which were offensive.

The Blue Demons travel to San Diego for the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic Dec. 28-30. The tournament is named in memory of former DePaul assistant coach and San Diego standout Maggie Dixon, who died suddenly in April of 2006. DePaul squares off with No. 19/20 Texas on Friday, Dec. 28 and will play either San Diego or Appalachian State on Sunday.

Notes: The last time the Blue Demons scored 100 points was on January 16, 2005 in a 103-64 win over Charlotte... DePaul has now eclipsed the 100 point mark 32 times...the last time the Blue Demons scored 90 points in four consecutive games was during the 1996-97 season. DePaul defeated Houston 101-73 on Jan 31, 1997; UNC Charlotte 91-76 on Feb 2, 1997; South Florida 91-66 on Feb 7, 1997; and UAB 100-60 on Feb 9, 1997. With five assists, Allie Quigley passed Jenni Dant (2001-05 – 343 assists) and now has 345 career assists... with five rebounds, Caprice Smith surpassed the 600 rebound mark and now has 604 career boards... Allie Quigley became the first player since Dec. 7, 2006 to score 30 points. Quigley was the last Blue Demon to registered 30 or more points a feat she accomplished against Rutgers last season (Dec. 7)... for the third consecutive game, every active member of the DePaul roster scored at least one point.

Box Score

We Are DePaul Top Stories