Seminoles fall short to DePaul

LAS VEGAS (AP) Sam Quigley scored 17 points, Anna Martin had 14, Keisha Hampton 13 to lead DePaul to a 75-60 victory over previously unbeaten No. 10 Florida State on Sunday night in the second round of the Duel in the Desert Tournament.

Quigley, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, scored 12 of the Blue Demons’ first 24 points and helped propel them to a 24-15 lead with 8:04 left in the opening half.

DePaul (9-3) led 37-29 at halftime, and the Blue Demons’ largest lead of the game was 19 points, 75-56, in the closing minutes of the second half. The Blue Demons will face the UNLV-Hawaii winner in the title game Monday night.

Martin made her biggest impact during the second half, when she scored eight consecutive points for the Blue Demons after the Seminoles cut it to 44-40.

Martin’s jumper and two consecutive 3-pointers gave DePaul a 52-42 lead. After that, the Blue Demons led by at least seven points for the final 10 minutes.

Florida State (10-1), which shot a season-low 33 percent (23 for 70), was led by Jacinta Monroe with 16 points and eight rebounds. Alexa Deluzio had 13 points and four assists, and Courtney Ward added 10 points.

The Seminoles set a season high for points allowed and a season low for points scored.

The last time the Blue Demons beat a top-10 team was on Dec. 11, 2002, when they beat No. 8 Notre Dame 75-59.

The victory over Florida State, occurred in Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno’s 700th game. He is 446-254 over 24 seasons at DePaul.

Updated December 20, 2009