12/10/2022 | 2:00pm CT
Dec 10 (Sat) / 2:00 PM CT
CHICAGO – DePaul led by as many as 36 points in a wire-to-wire 78-52 victory over crosstown rival Loyola on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons held the Ramblers to just 15 first-half points while pouring in 29 points off 19 Loyola miscues to pick up their fifth win in the last six games.
Aneesah Morrow led the effort once again with 25 points and 14 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Morrow recorded her seventh double-double of the season to push her career tally to 34.
Junior guard Darrione Rogers totaled 25 points on four-of-six shooting from three-point range to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Anaya Peoples rounded out the trio of double-figure scorers with 10 points and a season-high five assists .
As a team, the Blue Demons outrebounded the Ramblers 44-26 including a +16 margin on the offensive glass. All eight Blue Demons who stepped on the floor netted at least one field goal.
DePaul (6-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) jumped out to a 7-2 lead after a Morrow layup from Jorie Allen, but the Ramblers took their first lead the game just after the media timeout on a pair of free throws. A personal 6-0 run for Morrow over the ensuing minute put the Blue Demons in front 15-11. After 10 minutes of action, DePaul led 19-13.
The Blue Demons blanked the Ramblers 13-0 through the first five minutes of the second quarter. DePaul’s defense locked in and held Loyola to just two points in the quarter, the fewest the Blue Demons have allowed since the NCAA moved to four quarters of regulation in 2015-16.
Rogers and Morrow combined for the first 11 points of the third quarter for the Blue Demons, extending the lead to 51-15 at the media timeout. Loyola struggled together a 10-4 run in the latter stages of the third, but DePaul provided a response and took a 61-29 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.
The Ramblers showed a glimpse of energy in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Blue Demons 23-17, but it was too little too late as DePaul claimed the 26-point victory.
Loyola was led by 23 points from Maya Chandler.
up next: The Blue Demons will close out a three-game road stretch with a short visit to Evanston on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tip off from Welsh-Ryan Arena is scheduled for 2 pm with coverage on BTN+.