Feb. 24, 2008
CHICAGO (AP) – Erica Williamson tied a career-high with 16 points and added eight rebounds to help No. 14 Notre Dame beat DePaul 66-64 on Sunday.
Charel Allen had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Irish (21-6, 9-4 BIG EAST), who has won six of seven.
Allie Quigley had 21 points, six rebounds and seven turnovers for DePaul (18-8, 7-6), which shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) after hitting a season-high 60 percent in a 81-80 win over the Irish in South Bend on January 22.
Freshman Felicia Chester had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds, and Caprice Smith added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Trailing 66-64 after Allen’s free throw with 11.5 seconds left, China Threatt passed up a wide-open layup and the Blue Demons were unable to get a shot off.
DePaul was down 64-59 with 1:21 left before Deirdre Naughton hit a 3-pointer and a jumper that brought the Blue Demons to 65-64 with 12.6 remaining. Allen made one of two free throws.
Notre Dame led 39-32 at the break, but DePaul used a 12-2 run to start the second half to take a 44-41 lead. The Irish answered with an 11-4 spurt to regain a 52-48 lead with 11:22 left.
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POST GAME NOTES: The Irish improve to 10-3 on the road this season, the first time they’ve reached double-digit wins on the road since 2004-05, when they went 11-2 (school record is 13 in 1996-97) … Notre Dame snaps a three-game losing streak vs. DePaul and earns its first win on the DePaul campus since Jan. 11, 1991 (an 81-66 victory at old Alumni Hall; the Irish had never won at McGrath Arena since it opened in 2000) … the Irish and Blue Demons now have split the regular-season series in each of the three years since DePaul joined the BIG EAST Conference … Sunday’s game was the first in the series in which neither team broke 70 points since Feb. 11, 1992 (a 62-49 DePaul win at the Joyce Center) … Notre Dame improves to 18-0 this season when leading at halftime and has won 70 of its last 76 games when taking a lead at the intermission … the Irish also fielded at least four double-figure scorers for the 15th time this season, moving to 14-1 in those contests (lone loss: Jan. 27 vs. top-ranked Connecticut) … Notre Dame forced at least 20 opponent turnovers for the 17th time this season … on the other hand, the Irish now have been charged with 20 or more turnovers only twice in the past 43 games … for the first time all season, Notre Dame’s bench did not outscore the opponent’s bench, with the DePaul reserves claiming a 26-19 scoring edge … sophomore center Erica Williamson tied her career high with 16 points, matching her total from two other games this season (Dec. 29 vs. Saint Francis-Pa. and Jan. 22 vs. DePaul) … senior guard Charel Allen moved into 10th place on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 1,437 points, passing current Irish assistant coach Niele Ivey (1,430 points from 1996-2001); next up for Allen is Sheila McMillen, who had 1,439 points from 1995-99 … sophomore guard Melissa Lechlitner made her first career start on Sunday … junior guard Lindsay Schrader celebrated her 21st birthday Sunday with close to 20 family and friends from nearby Bartlett, Ill., in attendance.