Chester Leads No. 14/21 DePaul Past USF

Jan. 11, 2011

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Four players scored in double figures as No. 14/21 DePaul moved into a tie for the first place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 77-61 victory over USF on Tuesday at McGrath Arena.

The victory was the 13th in 14 games for the Blue Demons (16-2, 4-0 BIG EAST) who now share the conference lead with idle Connecticut.

Felicia Chester had a game-high 19 points while Keisha Hampton added 18.  Taylor Pikes came off the bench to record her second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 10 paced the floor with 10 rebounds.  Anna Martin added 14 points.

Andrea Smith collected 16 points for South Florida (9-9, 0-4 BIG EAST) who has lost five straight.

The Blue Demons led 45-43 with 14:30 to play but quickly bounced back to open a double-digit lead four minutes later.

DePaul led 37-29 at halftime as Pikes hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 first half points.

South Florida led twice in the opening four minutes, but back-to-back 3 pointers by Martin and Pikes opened a 14-10 advantage and Blue Demons never trailed again.

Despite a slight size advantage, DePaul was outrebounded 23-21 in the first half. The Blue Demons, however had better shooting as they went 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) to 12-of-35 (34.3 percent) for South Florida.

Momentum abruptly shifted in the second half as the Bulls cut the lead to three at 39-36 in the first two minutes as Smith had five points and Akila McDonald added a fast break layup. At the 15:38 mark, a Leondra Doomes-Stephens 3 pointer sliced the lead to 43-41.

But South Florida got no closer. DePaul used an 11-3 run over the next 4:47 to open a 56-46 advantage and the lead never fell below eight points the rest of the way.

The Blue Demons eventually out rebounded South Florida 45-43.

Winners of 12 straight at home and off to its first 4-0 BIG EAST start since joining the league in 2005-06, DePaul resumes conference play on Sunday at Villanova.  The Blue Demons and Wildcats tip at 1 p.m. (CST).

Notes: First time DePaul has opened BIG EAST Conference play 4-0 since joining the Conference in 2005-06... Connecticut (4-0) and Louisville (3-0) are the only teams in the league to remain unbeaten in conference play... the last time DePaul started conference play with an unblemished record was in 2003-04 when it was a member of Conference USA... DePaul started league play 6-0 that season... DePaul has won 13 of its last 14 games... in that stretch, DePaul has defeated two top 25 teams -- Stanford and St. John’s... DePaul has scored 70 or more points in 14 of its 16 wins this season... DePaul has won its last 12 games at McGrath Arena dating back to its Feb. 23, 2010 win over Pittsburgh... DePaul is 10-0 this season on its home court and improves to 128-21 (.859) all-time at McGrath Arena... Felicia Chester led DePaul with 19 points... second time she has led DePaul in scoring this season... career-best 7-of-8 from the free throw line... Taylor Pikes came off the bench to record second consecutive and her fourth career double-double, the most by any DePaul player this season... she finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds... Anna Martin reached double-figures for the second consecutive game... the sophomore scored 14 points... Keisha Hampton has reached double-figures in 15 of DePaul’s 18 games... she finished with 18 points... Sam Quigley dished out four assists... she now has 427 career assists which ties for third most in school history with her sister Allie... the younger Quigley need 44 assists to move into second on DePaul’s all-time list... USF has lost its last five games and last three on the road... Andrea Smith reached double-figures for the 16th time this season... her 16 points led the Bulls in scoring for the 14th time this season... Leondra Doomes-Stephens led USF with eight rebounds... second time this season has led USF on the glass... DePaul now leads the all-time series with USF 12-6... DePaul is now 6-2 in games played in Lincoln Park.



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