DePaul Advances to BIG EAST Semifinals
Box Score - Postgame Audio
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Caprice Smith scored 17 points and Khara Smith added 16 to lead No. 15 DePaul to a 69-46 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night in the Big East Conference tournament quarterfinal.
The third-seeded Blue Demons (25-5) will play Connecticut on Monday. The Huskies advanced with a 71-60 win over Notre Dame earlier in the night.
The sixth-seeded Panthers (19-10) earned their highest finish in the league in 11 years. But they came undone Sunday night with a season-high 23 turnovers and shot just 26 percent (12-for-47) from the floor.
The Blue Demons scored 30 points of Pitt turnovers and dominated from the perimeter. Caprice Smith's four 3-pointers were a career high as DePaul made 10-of-23 from behind the arc. DePaul, one of five former Conference USA teams to join the Big East this season, is the only newcomer still alive in the tournament.
The Panthers were down just nine points at the half on Mallorie Winn's runner with 2 seconds left and seemed to have the momentum heading into the locker room. DePaul squelched that in a hurry with four 3-pointers in the first 6 minutes and the Panthers never recovered. The Blue Demons led by as many as 31 in the period.
Winn led Pitt with 12 points. Shavonte Zellous and Xenia Stewart finished with 11 apiece.
Game Notes: DePaul has won seven straight games since a season-high three-game losing streak... the 46 points by Pittsburgh are the fewest points allowed in a conference tournament game since an 83-45 win over Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the North Star Conference Tournament on Mar. 8, 1990... the Blue Demons have reached the conference tournament semifinals in three of the last four seasons... Khara Smith tied DePaul's all-time games played record with her 127th appearance on Sunday... she is tied with Veronica Ross and Beth Hasenmiller... Allie Quigley surpassed the 900-point plateau... Jenna Rubino took sole possession of 10th all-time with 112 career three-pointers... Caprice Smith's four three-pointers were a career best... DePaul now leads the series with Pittsburgh, 2-1, and won both meetings this season.