#16/23 DePaul Runs Past Providence
Jan. 5, 2011
CHICAGO – Katherine Harry scored 13 points and led the No. 16/23 DePaul women’s basketball team to an impressive, 71-38 victory over Providence in BIG EAST Conference action at McGrath Arena on Wednesday.
Harry led a trio of Blue Demons in double-digits while all but one eligible player, scored points in DePaul’s second BIG EAST win of the season. Sam Quigley was 5-of-6 from the field which included two 3-pointers, while Keisha Hampton added 11 in the win.
DePaul (14-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) opened the game by hitting seven of its first eight shots and jumped out to an early 16-2 lead with 12:32 to play in the first half. The Blue Demons were relentless on the glass in the opening seven plus minutes as they outrebounded the Friars, 8-1.
After Mi-Khida Hankins hit a pair of free throws with 17:38 on the clock, Providence could not find the basket. The Friars missed its first nine shots before Hankins made a layup with 11:26 and DePaul had already stretched its lead to 16-4.
The Blue Demons took their first 20-point advantage on a Hampton jumper with 7:31, while DePaul’s largest lead of the first half, 38-14 came when Quigley found a streaking Anna Martin for a bucket in the paint.
DePaul held the Fiars to a season-low 18 first half points and took a 22 point advantage to the locker room behind a blistering .643 (18-of-28) field goal percentage.
Providence (7-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) opened the first 2:32 of the second half on a 6-1 run -- but the Blue Demons countered with a 19-6 run which gave DePaul a 60-30 advantage with 8:31 to play.
DePaul took its largest lead, 69-34 when Maureen Mulchrone found Harry just outside the key for jumper with just under three minutes to play.
Quigley paced the floor with five assists while the Blue Demons, who are averaging 19.9 assists per game, finished with 20.
DePaul hits the road for a BIG EAST game at St. John’s on Saturday. The BIG EAST Network, “Game of the Week” tips at 3 p.m. (CST).
Notes: DePaul has scored 70 or more points in 13 of its 14 wins this season... DePaul has won its last 11 games at McGrath Arena dating back to its Feb. 23, 2010 win over Pittsburgh... DePaul is 9-0 this season on its home court and improves to 127-21 (.858) all-time at McGrath Arena... Katherine Harry led DePaul with 13 points... second time this season she has led DePaul in scoring... Harry was 1-of-1 from 3-point range... the sophomore is now a career 2-of-7 from 3-point range... her three tonight was her first in BIG EAST Conference play... Keisha Hampton led DePaul in rebounding for the 20th time in her career... she pulled down eight rebounds against Providence... DePaul had 20 assists... marks the ninth time this season the Blue Demons have recorded 20 or more assists in a game... DePaul held Providence to just 38 points... the fewest by an opponent this season and least since Loyola-Chicago scored just 30 on Dec. 6, 2009... Providence scored a season-low 38 points... previous-low was 49 points at St. Joseph’s (Pa.) on Nov. 12... 18 first half points was also a season-low for the Friars... Lola Wells led Providence in scoring for the first time this season... she finished with nine points... first time the Friars have not had a player reach double-figures this season... DePaul now leads the all-time series with Providence 6-3 and is 4-0 in games played in Chicago.