Blue Demons Outlast St. John's in Overtime
CHICAGO Allie Quigley sent the game to overtime and Caprice Smith made sure DePaul wouldn’t relinquish the lead in the extra frame as DePaul topped St. John’s, 91-80, on Tuesday night. Quigley’s two free throws tied the game at 77-77 with three seconds left while Smith’s four points pushed DePaul ahead as they outscored Red Storm, 14-3, in overtime.
St. John’s (10-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) shot .542 from the field in the first half and took a 44-42 lead at halftime. DePaul started quickly with a 12-4 lead and held the advantage for a majority of the first stanza. The Red Storm cut the deficit to a point on back-to-back possessions before Tiina Sten scored in the paint to give the visitors their first lead of the game at 28-27 with just over five minutes until intermission. The lead didn’t last long as China Threatt nailed her second three-pointer of the night to give the Blue Demons a two-point advantage.
A 15-2 run to start the second half turned a two-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead for the Blue Demons. DePaul held St. John’s to just a single field goal in the first six minutes of the period. Four different players scored during the run with Smith and Deirdre Naughton each hitting two baskets for the Blue Demons.
Trailing by seven at 67-60, the Red Storm scored eight unanswered points and took a one-point lead on Sky Lindsay’s three-pointer with 7:27 to go.
The final seven minutes of the second half was back-and-forth as neither team led by more than two points with the scored being tied on three occasions.
Following Monique McLean's bucket to put the visitors ahead by two points, Quigley was fouled driving to the basket. The senior, who finished the night going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe, hit nothing but net on the two free shots to send the game to overtime.
Overtime was all DePaul as Caprice Smith scored on DePaul’s first two possessions and then forced a turnover by St. John’s that led to a basket by Felicia Chester. St. John’s didn’t scored until the 1:31 mark as DePaul totaled 14 points in the five-minute extra period. Quigley sank four straight free throws in the final 34 seconds for the 91-80 final.
Quigley’s 24 points led all scorers while she added nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. Threatt scored 16 points off the bench while Smith added 14 points and six boards. Natasha Williams chipped in 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Naughton rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
St. John’s was led by Kelly McManmon’s 19 points with Lindsay adding 17 and Kia Wright scoring 16 points.
DePaul goes on the road for the next two games starting at Marquette on Saturday. That game will be televised on the BIG EAST TV Network and can be seen live in Chicago on Comcast SportsNet Chicago starting at 1 p.m. The Blue Demons then head to Notre Dame for a Tuesday night game on CSTV.
Game Notes: DePaul has hit a three-pointer in 90 straight games... the overtime game was the first since a 79-77 overtime loss at USF on Dec. 7, 2005... DePaul is 7-15 all-time in overtime games... Missy Mitidiero’s three-pointer in the first half made her the 12th player in school history with 100 career three’s... she is the fifth-fastest player in school history with 100 three’s (72 games)... the Blue Demons have posted 35 wins in the last 39 home conference games... DePaul is now 82-5 in the last seven-plus seasons when scoring at least 80 points... DePaul is 1-3 this season when trailing at halftime... Allie Quigley is 35-for-38 (.921) from the free throw line in the last seven games... the Blue Demons now lead the series, 2-1, with each team winning on its home court.