No. 7/9 West Virginia Tops DePaul in BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Liz Repella scored 16 points to lead West Virginia (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) past DePaul 47-41 on Sunday.
Sarah Miles added nine points and five assists for the Mountaineers (27-4), the tournament's second seed behind top-ranked Connecticut. The 27 wins is the most in the program's history, topping the 26-4 mark of the 1991-92 team.
Keisha Hampton had 11 points and Sam Quigley added 10 for seventh-seeded DePaul (21-10), which had tied the game at 36-all before West Virginia went on a 7-0 run to secure the victory.
The Mountaineers will play sixth-seeded Rutgers or Georgetown, the third seed, in the semifinals on Monday.
The 88 combined points put the game just ahead of a 2005 contest in which Villanova beat Boston College 41-37.
West Virginia led by nine at halftime, but DePaul used 3-point shooting to whittle away at that lead. A fast-break layup by Katherine Harry tied the game at 29 with 12 minutes to play, but the Blue Demons could not take lead.
Repella, who hit four of her eight 3-point attempts in the first half, missed her first five attempts in the second half.
But the Mountaineers forced DePaul into six late turnovers. Quigley ended West Virginia's late run with 1:11 left, hitting her first field goal of the game, but it was not enough.
West Virginia committed eight of its 12 turnovers in the game's first 8 minutes, but forced DePaul to turn the ball over 23 times.
The Mountaineers spent most of the game pressuring Quigley, DePaul's point guard, and making other Blue Demons -- often Hampton -- bring the ball upcourt.
West Virginia took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Repella that made it 7-6.
The Mountaineers then used a 10-2 run to turn a 13-11 lead into a 23-13 advantage. They led 26-17 at halftime, holding the Blue Demons to just 19 percent shooting from the field.
Quigley, who averages more than 13 points, was 1 for 10 from the floor and missed all five of her shots in the first half. She was 8 of 10 from the foul line, where DePaul leads the Big East in shooting at 76 percent.
DePaul came into the game on a five-game winning streak and Doug Bruno said he believes his team has already done enough to secure an NCAA berth with its second-round win over Marquette.
The Blue Demons will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 15. The field of 64 will be unveiled on ESPN at 6 p.m. (CST).
Notes: DePaul's 17 first half points was a season low... DePaul is now 5-5 in BIG EAST Championship games... all five loses have come in its second game of the Championship... 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 62 games, led DePaul with three assists... Keisha Hampton led DePaul with 11 points... 21st time this season she has reached double-figures... the loss snapped DePaul's five-game winning streak, its longest of the season... Anna Martin reentered the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 14... Martin finished with nine points and four rebounds... West Virginia picked up its school-record 27th win of the year... WVU advances to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals for fourth time in seven years... DePaul and West Virginia have played in two BIG EAST Championship games... each team has one win... Overall seriesrecord tied at four games apiece.