Blue Demons Knock Off Marquette
CHICAGO - The DePaul women's basketball team improved on their best start ever in Conference USA play with a 66-56 win over Marquette on Sunday afternoon at the DePaul Athletic Center. DePaul (14-7, 7-1 C-USA) trailed 29-21 at the half, but outscored Marquette (13-8, 6-2 C-USA), 45-27, in the second stanza to pick up their seventh win in the last eight games.
All-American candidate Lenae Williams led the Blue Demons with a game-high 29 points while Laura Sobieszczyk added 17 and six rebounds. Marquette had three players in double-figures led by Rachel Klug's 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The game started with a run by each team and finished with Marquette leading, 10-7, at 13:10 in the first half. DePaul opened with a 7-0 run which prompted Marquette coach Terri Mitchell to call a time out. The Golden Eagles came out of the break and scored the game's next 10 points to take the 10-7 advantage.
DePaul struggled from the field in the first half, shooting just .258, and trailed 29-21 at the break. Marquette's eight-point advantage at halftime was their largest of the game.
In the second half, the Blue Demons started with a 14-2 run and led 35-31 with just under 16 minutes to play in the game. Williams keyed DePaul with nine points during the stretch. Klug answered with a jumper followed by a pair of Kristi Johnson free throws to knot the game at 35-35. On DePaul's next trip down the court, Sobieszczyk nailed one of her four three's to give the Blue Demons the lead for good.
The DePaul lead wouldn't get any larger than six points until a Jenni Dant jumper put the Blue Demons up, 61-53, with 1:28 left in the game. The game finished with three free throws by Sobieszczyk and a pair by Dant for the 66-56 final.
Williams' five three-pointers moved her into ninth in NCAA history with 299 career treys. In her last three Conference USA games, she is averaging 29.0 points. Sobiesczcyk finished the game with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists while Jamie Smith grabbed 11 rebounds to go with five blocks and six points.