Records Fall in DePaul Win at Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – A school-record 16 three-pointers led DePaul past Seton Hall, 97-74, in the regular-season finale at Walsh Gymnasium. Allie Quigley paced the Blue Demons with 23 points while Deirdre Naughton scored 22 and Taylor Pikes came off the bench for a career-high 15 points.

DePaul secures the ninth seed in next weekend's BIG EAST Championship and plays eighth-seeded Marquette in the first round. Game time on Saturday is 2 p.m. ET at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

DePaul started slow and Seton Hall (13-15, 3-13 BIG EAST) hit four of its first five attempts to take an 11-6 lead. The Blue Demons came back with a Holly Medley three-pointer and Naughton jumper to tie the score with just over 15 minutes left in the first half.

An eight-point flurry turned a one-point deficit into a five-point advantage as Missy Mitidiero and Pikes added the fifth and sixth three-pointers of night for the Blue Demons. Pikes' three from the right wing at the 12-minute mark gave the Blue Demons a 22-17 lead forcing Seton Hall to call a time out.

The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes as Shantel Brown tied the game at 25 on a pair of free throws. DePaul continued its barrage from behind the arc with two Allie Quigley trifectas sandwiching a pair of Natasha Williams free throws to extend the lead to eight points at 33-25. Quigley's three-pointer at 9:17 gave her 2,001 career points becoming just the fourth player in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

The run continued via three-pointers on consecutive possessions by Mitidiero and Quigley before two Nicole Emery free throws made the score 39-27 and ended the run at 6:18.

DePaul (19-10, 8-8 BIG EAST) nearly tied the school record of 15 three's with a dozen long-range shots in the first half. The previous mark was set twice against Louisville on Feb. 15, 2002 and Northwestern State on Nov. 22, 2003.

The Blue Demons opened up an 18-point lead within in the first four minutes of the second half. Seton Hall started the second period with a Brown three-pointer to pull the Pirates to within 10. DePaul answered with a Medley three-pointer, a Pikes three-point play and a short jumper from Felicia Chester for a 63-45 score in favor of the visitors.

After Seton Hall chipped away and came within six points, the Blue Demons put the game out of reach for good with a 17-4 run. Quigley started the game-ender with two free throws and a three-point play followed by 10 straight points from Naughton. Naughton's record-breaking three-pointer with 3:47 left made the score 92-73.

Quigley went 4-of-9 from three-point range adding five assists and four rebounds to her 23 points. Naughton knocked down three three-pointers to finish with 22 and Pikes totaled 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Mitidiero, Medley and Chester each scored nine points for the Blue Demons as they recorded their highest point total since a season-high 111 points against Appalachian State on Dec. 30.

Seton Hall was led by Brown's 23 points and 14 each from Emery and Ebonie Williams.

DePaul plays Marquette on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship. The Golden Eagles won the regular-season meeting, 65-56, in Milwaukee on Jan. 19.

Game Notes: Allie Quigley became the fourth player in school history with 2,000 career points... she has totaled 2,019 points in 126 career games... the 55-point first half marked the seventh half this season with at least 50 points... the record-setting 16 three-pointers marked the eight game this season with at least 10 three's... Quigley has scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season and 34 times in her career... DePaul leads the series, 3-1... the Blue Demons have claimed all three BIG EAST meetings.

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