Blue Demons Win Third Straight
TAMPA, Fla. - The DePaul women's basketball team built a 13-point lead early in the second half and held off South Florida, 74-69, on Sunday afternoon at the USF Sun Dome. The Blue Demons improved to 3-0 (10-6 overall) in Conference USA play and finished their five-game road trip with four victories.
Lenae Williams regained her shooting touch and scored a team-high 22 points while going 4-of-5 from long range. She just missed her second double-double of the season with a team-high nine rebounds.
DePaul scored 11 of the game's first 13 points to build a nine-point advantage over the first five minutes of the game. Williams knocked down a pair of three's and Laura Sobieszczyk added a trey during the early run.
South Florida came back and eventually took a brief lead at 30-29 on a three-pointer by Aiya Shepard. Shepard finished with a game-high 25 points. On DePaul's next possession, Sarah Kustok made a three-pointer and the Blue Demons took the lead for good.
Following Kustok's three, the Blue Demons outscored the Bulls, 13-10, and took a 45-40 advantage at halftime.
The second half started similar to the first as DePaul opened a 53-40 lead on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes. From that point, the lead would get no lower than five points until Sonia Cotton made the score 64-61 with 1:58 left in the game.
In the final 1:43 the Blue Demons were 8-for-10 from the free throw line, including a perfect 6-of-6 by Jenni Dant to seal the win. Dant finished the game with 12 points while Kustok and Claudette Towers added nine points each.
As a team, DePaul outrebounded South Florida, 40-28. DePaul's defense held the Bulls to just one three-pointer after they tallied seven in the first stanza.
The Blue Demons return home for five straight games beginning with Memphis on Jan. 18. The Tigers come to Chicago at 8-8 overall and 2-1 in league action. Beginning with the Memphis game, five games will be broadcasted live on www.depaulbluedemons.com. Click here for further information.