DePaul leaves mark on program with first double

[BIG EAST: Women] No. 7 DePaul extended its record-breaking unbeaten streak to 20 games with a 2-0 win over No. 20 Georgetown in Sunday's Big East final.

The win gave the Blue Demons their first Big East Tournament title a week after they clinched their first regular-season crown.

“This means the world to our staff and the whole school,” DePaul coach Erin Chastain said after the game. “This group has worked as hard as any team we’ve ever coached.

“They play so hard for each other, and you could see that in the final 20 minutes when they were blocking shots with their body and taking hits for the team. These girls are leaving their mark in the history of this program, and they are not done yet.”

Elise Wyatt gave DePaul a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute with her 11th goal of the season, putting her one behind team leader Abby Reed and one away from tying the season record originally set by Julianne Sitch in 2003 and equaled by Reed this season.

No. 20 Georgetown (11-4-5) picked up some momentum later in the first half but could not find the equalizer, going into the halftime locker room trailing the Blue Demons 1-0.

Amber Paul, the tournament's Offensive Most Outstanding Player, added to the lead in the 60th minute with a goal off a pass from Alexa Ben. It was Paul’s eighth goal of the season, a career high, and Ben’s 11th assist, setting a new single-season record, topping the 10 by Erin Walter in 2004.

“I had missed on another opportunity, so I wanted to make sure I got a good foot on that one,” Paul said. “I was a little tired, but was able to hit it back post. Alexa always feeds me a nice ball, and she did it again on that play."

DePaul defender Sarah Gorden was named the Defensive Most Outstanding Player.
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