DePaul Stumbles at Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Blue Demons were as cold from the field as the weather outside in Monday afternoon's 79-50 loss at Notre Dame. DePaul (7-6) shot just .237 from the field, including a 3-for-26 effort in the first half, in their final non-conference game of the season. Lenae Williams led DePaul with 17 points while Jenni Dant came off the bench to chip in 15.
Notre Dame (6-5) opened the game by holding to Blue Demons without a point until a Yolanda Lewis free throw with 10:02 left in the first half. Prior to the free shot, the Irish led 12-0. Following a pair of Sarah Kustok free throws and a Notre Dame three-pointer, Laura Sobieszczyk knocked down DePaul's first field goal on a three-pointer with 8:32 left in the first stanza. For the half, the Blue Demons shot just .115 from the field with all three first half field goals coming from three-point range. Meanwhile, Notre Dame warmed up and led by as many as 24 points at 38-14 just before the half ended.
The second half opened with a three-pointer by Lenae Williams which moved DePaul to 38-20, but that was as close as the Blue Demons would get. Notre Dame increased the margin to as many as 31 with eight minutes left in the game. For the game, the Blue Demons shot a season-low .237 (14-59) from the field while going 6-for-28 from behind the arc.
Williams added five rebounds while Jamie Smith grabbed nine boards and blocked a shot. Sobieszczyk scored six points with six rebounds. Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast finished with game high's of 25 points and 14 rebounds.
DePaul opens the Conference USA schedule on Jan. 6 at Marquette. Tipoff with the Golden Eagles is set for 2 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. DePaul's next home game will be Jan. 18 when they host the Memphis Tigers.