DePaul buried the Missouri State Lady Bears with long-range shooting to open the second half as the Blue Demons won 72-57 at JQH Arena. Sam Quigley hit four three pointers in the first seven minutes of the 2nd half.
After DePaul started the game by knocking down six of its first nine field goal attempts to grab a 14-9 edge, MSU scored 11 of the next 13 points to claim a 20-16 advantage, the last three coming on a three-pointer by junior Melissa Busby with just under eight minutes to play in the period.
The Blue Demons scored 11 unanswered points over a three-minute span to battle from behind to claim a 33-28 halftime edge.
Usually, one of the nation’s top three-point shooting squads, DePaul entered the game shooting just 28.6 percent from long range. But Quigley teamed up with freshman guard Deanna Ortiz to hit six threes in the opening minutes of the second half, the last of which gave the Blue Demons a 16-point advantage to match their largest lead of the evening.
The Lady Bears will wrap up their three-game home stand with a 2:05 p.m. contest against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday (Dec. 14) at JQH Arena. MSU will play face off against Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 19) and Chattanooga (Dec. 20) as part of the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.