Blue Demons Top Yale to Move Into Championship Game
CHICAGO – China Threatt tallied 18 points to lead four players in double-figures for No. 23/22 DePaul in an 86-60 win over Yale on Friday in the opening round of the DePaul Invitational. The freshman was one of six players to nail a three-pointer as the Blue Demons warmed up in the second half of the season's first game at McGrath Arena.
DePaul started sluggish hitting just two of the first 10 shots of the game. The Blue Demons didn’t warm up over the rest of the opening frame as they went just 15-of-45 from the field. DePaul built a five-point lead midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs answered each time.
A back-and-forth first half saw eight ties and ended with a three straight buckets by Threatt to give DePaul a 35-31 lead. Following a steal and lay-up and consecutive jumpers by Threatt, Yale’s Stefanie Marciano knocked down a three-pointer in the final possession for the 35-34 halftime score.
DePaul (1-1) outscored Yale, 51-26, in the second period while shooting a blistering .559 (19-34) from the field. The Blue Demons opened up a 20-point lead with a 26-6 run early in the second half and garnered a 26-point advantage on three occasions with the 86-60 final serving as the largest lead.
Threatt totaled 18 points along with three steals and two rebounds. She was followed by Jenna Rubino and Allie Quigley with a dozen points apiece and 10 points from Missy Mitidiero. Erin Carney, Erin Cattell and Caprice Smith led the team with eight rebounds each while Carney added a team-high six assists and seven points.
Melissa Colborne led Yale (0-2) with 14 points while Erica Davis added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs play Stony Brook in the consolation game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. followed by DePaul and Illinois State in the championship. The Redbirds outscored Stony Brook, 22-6, in the final 5:30 for a 73-63 victory in the opening game on Friday evening.
Postgame Notes: DePaul has won 55 straight games at home over unranked opponents… the Blue Demons are 58-2 in the last 60 home games… the win was the 75th at McGrath Arena… DePaul is 75-9 all-time at McGrath Arena while starting the seventh season in the facility…over the last six-plus seasons (190 games), DePaul is 66-3 when scoring at least 80 points… Friday was the first meeting between the two programs.