DePaul's Late Rally Falls Short; Blue Demons Fall to Duke 70-63

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PHILADELPHIA -- Karima Christmas had 23 points and nine rebounds, Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points and Duke beat DePaul 70-63 on Sunday to reach the regional final for the second straight year.

The Blue Devils (32-3) will play top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday night with the Final Four at stake. The Huskies thumped Duke 81-57 on Jan. 31.

Chelsea Gray scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, who raced to a 15-point lead and had to hold on after the big advantage nearly evaporated late in the second half.

DePaul's Deirde Naughton hit two 3-pointers in less than a minute that cut the lead to three each time. The Blue Devils wrapped it up at the free-throw line.

Naughton scored 17 points for DePaul (29-7). The Blue Demons have never played in a regional final.

Duke lost to Baylor in its regional final last year.

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