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DePaul's 'perfectionist' eyes UConn

Sam Quigley was named the Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year as a three-sport standout in basketball, volleyball and softball in her senior year at Joliet Catholic. DePaul Athletic Sports Information

Seated on DePaul's bench in street clothes two years ago, Sam Quigley was only a few feet away from her older sister when Allie hit a baseline jumper to put the Blue Demons ahead by two points over No. 1 Connecticut with 30 seconds remaining at McGrath Arena.

The upset would be spoiled by a miraculous comeback, but that moment is still vivid for Quigley. DePaul was a middle-of-the-pack Big East team that had played fearlessly on its home court and, in doing so, nearly beaten the top team in the country. Allie Quigley, who is playing professionally in Hungary, had a career game with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Two years later, Sam Quigley, now a junior, is ready to duplicate that evening as Connecticut returns to McGrath Arena on Wednesday. Just like last time, the Huskies are ranked No. 1, DePaul enters the game with a .500 conference record and the Blue Demons will need a Quigley to have a memorable performance to have a chance.

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