Hampton and Chester Help DePaul KO Pitt

CHICAGO- It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night at McGrath Arena. Fortunately for the DePaul Blue Demons, each half belonged to one of its own.

Keisha Hampton scored 22 of her game high 24 points in the first half, and Felicia Chester scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half as DePaul beat Pittsburgh 68-57, snapping the Panthers' three game winning streak.

Hampton, 4-9 from three point range for the game, scored 10 of DePaul's 12 points as the Blue Demons pushed an 8-8 tie to a 20-11 lead.

A three-pointer by Sam Quigley gave DePaul a 28-16 lead with 6:47 remaining. Quigley, just 2-10 from the floor for the game, dished out a game high 11 assists.

Eight straight points by Hampton, including two three-pointers, gave the Blue Demons a 36-20 lead with just under three minutes left. A putback by Maureen Mulchrone gave DePaul a 41-24 halftime lead.

"I just came out playing and I hit some shots in the beginning. I was feeling it and my teammates were finding me," Hampton said.

A nice feed from DePaul's Taylor Pikes, who started her first game this year, to Katherine Harry to open the second half extended the lead to 43-24.

Pitt (15-12, 4-10 Big East) then went on a 20-6 run and closed to 47-44 on a Jania Sims' jumper at the 12:51 mark.

"We tried to take the adversity of the Pitt run and turn it into a positive," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said.

Chester then took and turned in more ways than one as her jump hook followed by a 17-foot jumper gave DePaul breathing room at 51-44.

Another jump hook by Chester gave the Blue Demons 59-47 lead.

"I was just energized to play," Chester said. "[Pitt] came back in the second half, and I think everyone on our team wanted to win this game. We realize we are fighting to make the NCAA tournament and I tried to do whatever I could for my team."

A three-pointer from the left wing by DePaul's Anna Martin gave the Blue Demons a 68-54 lead with 3:35 remaining in the contest. Martin scored seven of DePaul's 10 bench points.

Hampton added five steals and four blocked shots for the night. Chester added 11 rebounds to notch a double-double. DePaul blocked eight shots total.

Taneisha Harrison led Pitt with 21 points for the game. Pitt shot 11-20 from the line for the game.

DePaul (18-10, 7-7 Big East) entered the game tied for seventh place in the Big East. The Blue Demons finish up the home part of their schedule with Senior Night this Saturday at 7 p.m CST versus Syracuse.

Notes: Harry is the only freshman in the Big East to be in the top 10 in rebounding...DePaul leads the Big East in free throw shooting percentage at 75.3%...Quigley is 33rd in the nation in assists at 5.1 per game.

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