#25 DePaul Falls to Louisville

CHICAGO – Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year Angel McCoughtry scored 41 points to lead visiting Louisville over DePaul, 79-68, on Sunday. Deirdre Naughton led three in double-figures for No. 25/25 DePaul with 22 points, but the Cardinals dealt the Blue Demons their third loss in the last four games.

DePaul (16-7, 5-5 BIG EAST) started with an Allie Quigley baseline jumper and five points from Naughton to take a 7-0 lead. McCoughtry led the Louisville charge as she scored the game's next seven points and tied the score on a three-pointer with 16:08 left in the first half.

After the Blue Demons built an eight-point lead midway through the opening frame, Louisville (16-7, 5-5 BIG EAST) came back with a 14-4 run and took its first lead on a three-pointer by Candyce Bingham with just over four minutes until halftime. Naughton tied the game at 34 on a three-point play in the final minute before a McCoughtry jumper and a lay-up by Bingham for a 38-34 score at halftime.

DePaul pulled to within a point on four occasions before two consecutive buckets by Quigley gave DePaul a three-point lead at 52-49. The Blue Demons held the advantage over the next four minutes before a steal by Partika Barlow led to a McCoughtry three-pointer and the Cardinals took the lead for good with seven minutes left in the game.

Louisville led by as many as 10 points in the final minutes with a Barlow free throw finalizing the score at 79-68.

Naughton added five rebounds and two assists while Quigley totaled 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Natasha Williams finished the afternoon with 10 points, six boards and two blocked shots. The Blue Demons shot .418 from the field, but were just 3-of-20 from behind the arc.

McCoughtry's 41 points set a new McGrath Arena record. She broke the former mark of 39 points held by Lenae Williams against Illinois on Dec. 4, 2001. Bingham added 16 points and six assists for Louisville.

DePaul opens up a two-game road trip next Saturday at West Virginia. Following the game against the Mountaineers, the Blue Demons travel to Georgetown on Feb. 20.

Game Notes: Felicia Chester made her first career start... Ciara Johnson made her second career start... the starting five of Chester, Johnson, Allie Quigley, Natasha Williams and Deirdre Naughton marked the third different starting line-up this season... Caprice Smith moved into ninth all-time with 676 rebounds... the Blue Demons are 1-4 this season on TV... DePaul now leads the series, 13-11... Louisville has won two straight in the series.

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