No. 10 DePaul 64, No. 21 Marquette 56
Facing a three-point deficit at the half to its rival, DePaul came out and took over.
Anna Martin scored 20 points and the 10th-ranked Blue Demons scored the first 13 points of the second half to beat No. 21 Marquette 64-56 on Saturday night.
''We didn't play our best basketball in the first half and weaker people would have succumbed and let the adversity get to us,'' DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. ''But I'm coaching a lot of strong-willed people and I was very impressed with the resolve they came out with to start the second half.''
Sam Quigley added 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Felicia Chester had 11 points. Two of Quigley's 3s came in that decisive run to the delight of the sellout crowd of 3,958 at McGrath Arena.
''We can't come out in the second half like we did in the second half,'' Golden Eagles coach Terri Mitchell said. ''We did not play well at all. DePaul just ran at us, we gave up some transition buckets that we didn't do in the first half and they hit some quick ones and we never recovered.''
Jasmine Collins scored 15 points for the Golden Eagles (19-5, 7-4) while Tatiyiana McMorris and Angel Robinson each had 11.
Marquette led 29-26 after an intense, fast-paced opening half that saw four ties and 10 lead changes.
DePaul then took over. Chester started the run with a three-point play and Quigley hit two 3-pointers. Martin then added a layup and Chester a hook shot that made it 39-29.
Robinson finally halted the spurt with a 3-pointer, but that didn't slow down the Blue Demons.
They extended their lead to 19 with 7:51 left on Martin's 3-pointer. The advantage didn't dip to single digits until the final 25 seconds.
After a poor shooting first half, Bruno said he knew the Blue Demons would rebound.
''I told them at halftime that they got great shots in the first half (but) we shot 30 percent,' he said. ''I think we shot 52 in the second half. I said 'just keep shooting' and we're going to make our shots.''
The win ended Marquette's four-game winning streak. DePaul hosts Rutgers on Tuesday while Marquette visits Seton Hall on Wednesday.