CHICAGO — Mart'E Grays and reserve Dee Bekelja scored 16 points apiece and No. 20 DePaul overcame a slow start to pull away from rival Northwestern 76-60 on Wednesday night.
Northwestern (5-2) made 15 of 19 shots in the first quarter, making seven straight after missing two and then eight straight after missing two, to open a 32-16 lead.
Then the Wildcats missed their first nine of the second quarter, when they went 1 of 13, allowing DePaul (6-3) to pull within 35-33 at the half.
Grays made a layup to close out the third quarter scoring with the Blue Demons up 46-44. Then DePaul took over. The teams traded baskets before Bekelja hit a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run that included five points from Grays. The lead stayed in double figures as DePaul made 10 of 14 shots.
Bekelja was 7 of 8 from the field for her career high.
Jordan Hamilton led Northwestern with 20 points, Lindsey Pulliam added 13.