CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Allie Quigley scored 25 points and Deirdre Naughton added 23 to help No. 25 DePaul beat Southern Illinois 78-63 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Natasha Williams added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Blue Demons.
Erica Smith led the Salukis with 18 points and Tanaeya Worden added 17.
DePaul raced out to a 18-5 lead, hitting eight of its first 10 shots. The Salukis closed to 27-20 on Smith's free throw. The Blue Demons increased their advantage back to 42-33 at the half.
The Blue Demons extended the lead to 20 early in the second half and the Salukis couldn't get within single digits the rest of the game.