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
”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