DePaul Advances to Rainbow Wahine Classic Championship Game
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The DePaul women’s basketball team posted an 84-71 win over Texas A&M to move on to the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. Four players scored in double-figures as the Blue Demons combined to shoot a sizzling .540 from the field. DePaul plays Wisconsin at 5:30 p.m. HT in the championship game.
A three-pointer by Jenna Rubino put the Blue Demons up seven points at 16-9 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. In contrast to Friday’s cold shooting from the field, DePaul knocked down nine of their first 15 shots against Texas A&M.
Three minutes later, Allie Quigley converted a three-point play to give the Blue Demons a 23-11 lead. Texas A&M answered with five straight points before Claudette Towers drove through the Aggie defense with a left-handed lay-up.
Rubino scored 14 first-half points to lead DePaul as they combined to shoot .571 (16-28) from the field and lead 41-35 at the break.
DePaul (4-0) took an 11-point lead at 56-45 when Jarietta Benton and Khara Smith put together back-to-back three-point plays. Following a Texas A&M bucket by Erica Roy, Benton scored on a short jumper over three defenders and Smith got behind the defense for an uncontested lay-up forcing a time out by the Aggies. At the break, DePaul held a 60-47 lead with 13:19 on the clock.
Coming out of the time out, the Blue Demons continued the offensive pressure and led, 68-49, on a short jumper by Erin Carney. Gant hit two shots in the lane to bring Texas A&M back to within 14 points at 68-54.
Morenike Atunrase hit two consecutive jumpers to close the DePaul advantage to 10 points, but it would be as close as the Aggies would get. The Blue Demons scored nine of the game’s next 12 points and a jumper by Benton gave DePaul a commanding 81-65 lead with 3:47 left in the game.
Rubino finished with a team-high 18 points along with six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Smith notched her third straight double-double with 16 points and 14 boards while Quigley scored 15 points and dished out seven assists. Benton went 5-for-7 from the field for 11 points on the afternoon.
Gant led Texas A&M (2-1) and all scorers with 19 points followed by Tamea Scales with 13 and five rebounds.
Wisconsin advances to the championship game with a 77-67 win over host Hawai'i.
Game Notes: DePaul is 4-0 to start the season for the third straight year… the game was the first for DePaul against a Big 12 opponent since a 79-75 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 21, 2001… the Blue Demons are now 6-10 all-time against Big 12 programs… it was the first meeting between DePaul and Texas A&M… Khara Smith’s double-double was the 57th of her career… a win in the championship game would give DePaul their fifth straight regular-season tournament title… DePaul has won 17 straight regular-season games.
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