Tuesday, March 10, 2009
DePaul Women Knocked Out of Big East Tournament
The women's basketball season came to an end this past Sunday, losing in the quarter finals of the Big East Tournament to Pittsburgh 62-59. The Blue Demons won a close came the day before, beating West Virginia 75-72 in Overtime. Natasha Williams lead DePaul with 19 points against West Virginia. Deirdre Naughton added 18 points and five rebounds. West Virginia hit two free throws to tie the game with two seconds left which sent the game to overtime. DePaul was down by one with less than a minute left in overtime when Natasha Willam's lay-up gave DePaul the lead. Sam Quigley was fouled with one second left and knocked down both free throws to make it a three point game and secured DePaul the victory. Williams added 21 against Pittsburgh to once again lead the Blue Demons, but it was not enough. DePaul jumped out to an early ten point lead but went into the half up by only one. Pittsburgh seized control in the second half leading by as many as 17 points. DePaul almost pulled off a terrific come back and cut the lead to one point with 17 seconds left in the game. But Deirdre Naughton could not hit the jumper that would have given DePaul the lead, and two free throws for Pittsburgh sealed the game without DePaul getting off another shot. The men's basketball team will leave the Big East Tournament with at least one win as well. The men's team snapped their 18-game losing streak today and finally got that Big East victory, beating Cincinnati 67-57. Good for the Blue Demons, nobody likes to see a team lose that many games in a row, especially to end their season. Without any pressure to win, look for the Blue Demons to pay back the Big East with some more tournament upsets. DePaul will play Providence tomorrow at noon eastern time. The game will be shown on ESPN.