CHICAGO — DePaul shot a sizzling 64.5 percent from the field while scoring 56 first-half points and cruised to a 100-83 women’s basketball victory over Illinois State Wednesday before a McGrath Arena crowd of 3,132.
The Redbirds allowed 100 points for the first time in six years while dropping to 3-2.
“We couldn’t handle DePaul’s strength, size and skill inside,” said ISU coach Stephanie Glance. “We allowed them to knock us back on our heels and take control of the game.”
The Blue Demons (7-1) scored 15 straight first-half points in less than four minutes to grab a 35-19 lead and led 56-37 at the half.
“I feel like we prepared well for the pressure defense that DePaul brings. But once we beat the press, we had a hard time readjusting back into our offense,” Glance said. “Once we fell behind the way we did in the first half, it was difficult to come back.”
DePaul’s Keisha Hampton led all players with 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting, making her the first Redbird opponent to reach 30 since Kansas’s Danielle McCray netted 31 in the 2009 WNIT semifinals.
Shala Jackson led ISU with a season-high 17 points off the bench. Katie Broadway added 12 points, Emily Hanley 11 and Hannah Spanich 10.
Kenyatta Shelton grabbed seven rebounds as the Redbirds were outrebounded, 34-29. ISU shot 55 percent from the floor but committed 22 turnovers, eight more than DePaul.
ISU returns home to host Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.