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Harry Helps Send DePaul to BIG EAST Quarterfinals, Blue Demons top Marquette



HARTFORD, Conn. - The DePaul women's basketball team opened the BIG EAST Conference Championship with a 64-54 victory over Marquette on Saturday at the XL Center. The Blue Demons face No. 8/7 West Virginia on Sunday in the quarterfinals.

Katherine Harry led a trio of Blue Demons in doubles digits with 17 points while Sam Quigley added 16 and Anna Martin finished with 15. Harry and Martin both paced DePaul with eight rebounds.

DePaul (21-10) used a balanced attack in its third meeting and third win over its rival Marquette this season.  The Blue Demons shot 43 percent from the field, while Marquette struggled and were just 20-for-56 from floor.

The Blue Demons had no trouble finding the open player in the first 5:29 as six different players combined to score DePaul's first 12 points.  All five Blue Demon starters got on the board before Martin came off the bench and knocked down a 10 foot jumper from the right side of the key. 

DePaul jumped out to an early 12-4 lead and built a 22-11 advantage which forced a Golden Eagle timeout with 9:34 left in the half.  The Blue Demons continued to run on cylinders and took its largest lead of the half, 27-13 lead on Felicia Chester's layup.

Marquette responded to the Blue Demon surge and closed out half on an 11-3 run -- but the Blue Demons went to locker room up 30-22 behind 10 points from Harry.  

Quigley pushed DePaul back to a comfortable 10-point lead with a layup with just under 19 minutes remaining in the game.

Marquette cut the Blue Demon lead to 35-28 on Angel Robinson's a three-point play, but Quigley drained a layup and Martin hit a 3-pointer to put DePaul back up by double-figures.

The Blue Demons took a 53-37 advantage with 7:22 to play but the pesky Golden Eagles did not go away and used a 15-6 run over the next 6:01 to pull within seven again.

DePaul closed out the game hitting 10 of its last 14 free throws to seal the victory.

Paige Feidorowicz led Marquette with 17 points and Robinson added 15.   

The Blue Demons and West Virginia clash at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, while the game can be seen live on ESPNU.  Dave Bernhard will also call the game live for www.DePaulBlueDemons.com with his pregame show set to begin at 5:45 p.m.

Notes: DePaul advances to the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship with the 64-54 victory against Marquette. The team will face No. 2 seed West Virginia at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 at the XL Center... Tonight’s contest between the Golden Eagles and the Blue Demons marks the second time the two teams have faced each other in the BIG EAST Championship. DePaul won the previous meeting in the first round of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship, 73-69... DePaul improves to 5-4 in BIG EAST Championship games. The team has played in every tournament since entering the conference in 2005-06 and has won at least one game each year.... Sam Quigley has an assist in each of her last 61 games, recording two against Marquette... Felicia Chester’s two blocks today put her into a tie with Cathy Pezdirtz for 10th place on the single-season block record list for the Blue Demons (40)... tonight’s win makes it five straight for DePaul, the first five-game winning streak of the season for the Blue Demons. The streak dates back to..Feb. 20 win against Marquette...Fifth time in seven games that each of the Blue Demons starting players scored... Katherine Harry has reached the double-figure plateau for the 11th time this season with 17 points in the game... Paige Fiedorowicz, who averages 5.4 points per game led Marquette with 17 points... Marquette moves to 2-5 in BIG EAST Championship games... DePaul leads the all-time series with Marquette, 33-30, and has won the last five games, including the two regular season games this season.