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.
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.