DePaul Rolls Past Florida International
CHICAGO Allie Quigley got it started and Deirde Naughton finished it as No. 24 DePaul rolled to an 89-77 victory over Florida International in the opening game of the DePaul Invitational on Thursday at McGrath Arena.
Quigley scored 15 of her team-high 21 points in the first half while Naughton tossed in 13 of her 18 points in the second half. DePaul improved to 2-0 on the young season with the victory while FIU dropped to 1-1.
The Blue Demons also got 12 points from Felicia Chester off-the-bench and forced 27 Golden Panthers which translated into 21 points.
FIU was led by LaQuetta Ferguson who scored 27 of her career-high 30 points in the second half.
The Blue Demons took a 5-2 lead just under two minutes into the contest on a three-pointer by Naughton and never trailed again. DePaul’s lead grew to as much as 15 at 38-23 with 3:20 to play and the Blue Demons took a 42-33 advantage into intermission.
Ferguson kept the Golden Panthers in the game in the second half by hitting five of her six three-point attempts but DePaul continued to pull away and pushed the lead to18 at 79-61 with 4:25 to play and then cruised home with the victory.
Game Notes: This was DePaul’s 21st consecutive win over a non-conference opponent at home... Allie Quigley made her 90th-straight start in a Blue Demon uniform... DePaul’s Caprice Smith now needs 11 points to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career... DePaul head coach Doug Bruno is three victories shy of reaching the 400-win mark on the Blue Demon bench... DePaul improved to 81-5 against unranked opponents at McGrath Arena.