DePaul Rolls Past Green Wave
NEW ORLEANS – With temperatures outside in the 70’s, the DePaul women’s basketball was just as hot inside Fogelman Arena in Friday’s 80-50 win over Tulane. Five players reached double-figures for the Blue Demons led by Jenna Rubio’s game-high 18 points.
The Blue Demons jumped ahead early, 11-6, and opened up a decisive lead with a 20-4 run over the next 12 minutes. When the dust settled, DePaul was leading 31-10 with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Khara Smith and Rubino combined for 16 points during the run.
DePaul shot a sizzling .559 in the first half after hitting 12 of their first 19 field goals. The Blue Demons held Tulane to just a .281 combined field goal percentage en route to a 45-23 halftime advantage.
Consecutive buckets by Rubino, Allie Quigley and Jenni Dant opened the second half forcing Tulane to call a time out with the Blue Demons leading, 51-23. Courtney Simmons ended the brief run with the Green Wave’s first second-half field goal at 16:22.
The early 6-0 flurry evolved into a 14-2 run that finished with a 59-25 score in DePaul’s favor. The lead grew to as high as 36 points and was never less than 30.
Rubino led five players in double-figures with 18 points while Khara Smith added 16 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in just 21 minutes of action. Quigley finished with 12 points followed by Caprice Smith with 11 and Erin Carney with 10 points.
Courtney Simmons led Tulane (8-10, 0-5 C-USA) with 11 points followed by Jami Montagnino with 10 points.
The Blue Demons conclude the weekend road trip with a Sunday afternoon game at Southern Miss. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Next weekend, DePaul (14-3, 4-1 C-USA) returns to Chicago for home games against UAB and USF. The Blue Demons enter next weekend with an 18-game home winning streak, just two victories shy of a school record.