Quigley Leads DePaul to Overtime Win

CHICAGO- DePaul's Sam Quigley started her 52nd consecutive game Tuesday night against Louisville. Her finishing skills are just as strong.

Quigley scored five of her 22 points in overtime as DePaul overcame an early double digit deficit to defeat Louisville 76-70 in Big East play.

Louisville (9-6, 1-1 Big East), the defending NCAA runner up, showed signs of last year's squad as it used a 1-2-2 full court zone press to jump out to a 19-8 lead.

DePaul effectively countered with 1-3-1 and 2-3 half court zones, and a jumper by Quigley got the Blue Demons to within 25-24 with 5:34 left in the half. Following a fast break lay up by DePaul's Keisha Hampton (22 points and six rebounds), both teams went scoreless for the next 3:30, and DePaul led 28-27 at the break.

A three-pointer by Hampton with 10:50 left to play gave DePaul a 47-45 lead. A three-point play by Quigley and Anna Martin's first points of the game stretched the lead to 54-50. Martin's three-pointer from the left wing followed by a textbook fast break ending with sparkling passes from Quigley to Jen Juergens to Hampton for a layup put DePaul up 59-54.

The Blue Demons seemingly had the game in hand with a Juergen's free throw extending the lead to 62-54 with 3:24 remaining. The Cardinals struck back with a three-pointer from Gwen Rucker and a jumper from Monique Reid to close to 66-64 with :26 remaining. A jumper by Keisha Hines pushed Louisville to 66-66 with 14 seconds left. Quigley's jumper from the right wing for the game winner bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

The Blue Demons never trailed in the overtime as Martin's lay up gave DePaul a 68-66 lead. After a free throw by the Cardinal's Becky Burke, a Hampton steal and full court drive and lay up stretched the lead to 71-68. Quigley's 4-4 effort from the free throw line in the final :30 secured the win.

"Any time we are faced with a close game, I think that people do step up and it's not just one person. Felicia [Chester], Keisha [Hampton] and Anna [Martin], we were all stepping up and making plays," Quigley said.

DePaul (12-4) evened out their Big East record at 1-1.

"Tonight was one of those games where it becomes a must win in the Big East already because it is a home game and you have to hold serve at home," DePaul head coach Doug Bruno said.

Chester finished with nine points and 16 boards. Martin scored all 12 of her points in the 2nd half.

The Cardinals were led by Reid's 21 points. Hines chipped in with 20 points.

Notes: DePaul leads the series 14-12...Louisville had won three of the last four...DePaul is now 2-0 in overtime games this year.


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