#10/14 DePaul wins Turnover Battle Tops #21/22 Marquette
Feb. 12, 2011
CHICAGO -- Anna Martin led all scorers with 20 points as the No. 10/14 DePaul women’s basketball team defeated rival No. 21/22 Marquette, 64-56 in front of a sold out McGrath Arena crowd on Saturday.
DePaul (23-3, 10-1 BIG EAST) defeated its fourth, top-25 team this season (No. 3/2 Stanford, No. 18/18 St. John’s, No. 8/8 West Virginia and No. 21/22 Marquette), and ties No. 8/8 Notre Dame for second place in the conference.
Martin led DePaul’s scoring effort for the third time this season while Sam Quigley chipped in for 15 and Felicia Chester added 11. This was also the 16th straight win at McGrath Arena for the Blue Demons while they have won 10 of their last 11 games.
Marquette (19-5, 7-4 BIG EAST) came into the game winning its last four games after defeating No. 23 St. John’s last Saturday at home 55-52.
The Blue Demons shot 30% (10-of-33) in the first half as Marquette displayed tough defense in their zone attack. However, DePaul started the second half on a 13-0 run and shot 52% (14-for-27) to overcome a 29-26 halftime deficit.
“DePaul is a great team and they have a total game,” Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell said. “We gave up some transition buckets [in the second half] and we never recovered.”
The Blue Demons were out rebounded 34 to 28 for the game, but managed to stave off fewer turnovers (14 to Marquette’s 23), which ultimately lead to the Golden Eagles demise.
“We didn’t play our best basketball in the first half,” Bruno said. “We are often up at the half -- but tonight we were chasing the lead. We had to keep shooting and stay focused.”
The second half scoring started for Blue Demons with Chester driving for a layup and completing a 3-point play. Quigley, Chester and Martin added to the run with help from defensive rebounding by Keisha Hampton and a block by Katherine Harry.
“I told the team at halftime that they had great shots in the first half,” Bruno said. “I told them to just keep shooting and we’re going to make those shots.”
The Blue Demons extended their biggest lead of the game to 19 points after Martin connected on a 3-point basket with 7:55 left in the game. The Golden Eagles shaved their deficit to eight points over the next 7:31, but with only 0:24 left, the game was out of reach.
Halftime featured a Cancer Survivor Tribute with donations for the Kay Yow Foundation and the Sisters Network of Chicago. The crowd, team, coaches, cheering squad and DIBS displayed their support by wearing pink shirts.
DePaul hosts Rutgers on Tuesday. The game tips at 8 p.m. (CST) and will be televised on CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli calling the action courtside.
Notes: DePaul has won its last 16 games at McGrath Arena dating back to its Feb. 23, 2010 win over Pittsburgh... DePaul is 14-0 this season on its home court and improves to 132-21 (.863) all-time at McGrath Arena... during DePaul’s 16-game winning streak, the Blue Demons’ average margin of victory is 20.8… DePaul is now 9-12 all-time against Top 25 opponents at McGrath Arena since the 2000-01 season... this season, the Blue Demons topped then-No. 3/2 Stanford, 91-71, No. 8/8 West Virginia, and now No. 21/22 Marquette... in games that DePaul has won over a ranked opponents at McGrath Arena the Blue Demons average margin of victory was 14.7 points… DePaul has won 10 of its last 11 games... in the team’s last 11 games, three of DePaul’s wins have come against Top 25 opponents (No. 18/18 St. John’s, No. 8/8 West Virginia and No. 21/22 Marquette)... loss was at No. 2/2 Connecticut on Feb. 5… DePaul hit 10 three pointers... is now 6-0 when making 10 or more three pointers in a game... recorded 10 or more three pointers in three of its last five games… Sam Quigley led DePaul with a 5-of-10 effort from 3-point range... all five of her field goals were 3-pointers… Anna Martin led DePaul with 20 points... her fifth career 20-point performance and third of the season… DePaul is now 10-1 in BIG EAST play... Notre Dame (11-1) and DePaul are currently tied for second place in the conference... teams meet in the regular season finale on Feb. 28 at McGrath Arena… Marquette is now 15-3 when leading at the half, led 29-26 at the break… Marquette outrebounded DePaul 34-28... Marquette is now 13-1 when outrebounding its opponent… Marquette shot .465 (20-for-43) from the field… Marquette has used the same starting line-up in all 24 of its games… DePaul now leads the all-time series 34-20 and has won the last six meetings… DePaul is now 21-5 in games played in Lincoln Park.