Jan. 2, 2005
CHICAGO, Ill. - Junior forward Khara Smith had game-highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds and three other Blue Demons reached double-figures as #18 DePaul defeated visiting Holy Cross 92-49 Sunday night in Chicago in just the second all-time meeting between the two schools. With the win, DePaul improves to 11-2 on the season (0-0 Conference USA), while Holy Cross drops its third straight game. The Crusaders are now 5-7 (0-0 Patriot League) heading into Tuesday night's game against #2 ranked Duke.
DePaul went into the half up by 20 (47-27) after using a 19-4 run midway through the first stanza to build the lead. In that seven minute span, Smith poured in 11 points. The two teams traded baskets early, but Holy Cross got into foul trouble and struggled offensively, only shooting 34% from the floor. The Blue Demons also out-rebounded the Crusaders 25-13 in the first.
The Blue Demons started a 19-2 run in the early going of the second half, including four of five shots from long range, and never looked back. Freshman guard Allie Quigley finished the game with 18 points, going 6-for-9 from the floor including three long balls while senior guard Jenni Dant and freshman forward Caprice Smith both chipped in 10 points.
Senior center Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and junior guard Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) were the high scorers for the Crusaders, each totaling 10 points. Both Andrews and Fontana had six apiece in the first half. Fontana also pulled down a team-high five rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Holy Cross stays on the road to complete the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 7:00 p.m. match-up with #2 ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, January 4.