Women's Basketball Improves to 6-0
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The DePaul women’s basketball team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 98-57 win at Manhattan on Wednesday evening. For just the third time in the 30 season of DePaul’s women’s basketball a team is 6-0 to start the season. Four players reached double-figures in the win led by Khara Smith’s 23 points and nine rebounds.
The Blue Demons stormed out of the gate jumping to an early 9-0 lead that forced Manhattan coach Myndi Hill to take a time out. The Jaspers came out of the break and hit their first basket of the game at 16:54 before the Blue Demons took a commanding 20-5 lead and never looked back.
In the first half, DePaul (6-0) shot a sizzling .686 from the field on their way to a 59-35 halftime lead. With a game at Illinois-Chicago on Friday and a game against Southern Illinois on Sunday, head coach Doug Bruno liberally used his entire bench in the first half. All 12 players saw the floor and eight scoring at least a point.
The second half started the same as the first with DePaul hitting the first three buckets. The lead grew to as high as 37 points on a three-pointer by Claudette Towers at 10:53. Monika Slota’s lay-up late in the game gave the Blue Demons their largest lead at 41 points before Manhattan (3-3) hit a jumper with just over a minute left in for the 98-57 final.
In the six games in 2003-04, the Blue Demons have scored at least 82 points in every game. They enter tonight’s game ranked second in the country in scoring offense at 92.0 points per game.
Eleven of the 12 players scored at least a point in the win. Lindsey Deason’s bid for the 100th Blue Demon points went off the rim in the final seconds. Sarah Kustok knocked down five-of-six three-point attempts for 15 points while Charlene Smith added 14 and Shiesha McCollum finished with 12 points.
DePaul returns to Chicago for a pair for games this weekend. The Blue Demons travel south to play Illinois-Chicago on Friday night. Tipoff with the Flames is set for 7 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. On Sunday, DePaul hosts Southern Illinois at the Allstate Arena in the second game of a doubleheader with the men’s team.