The Dublin side, inspired by American Caroline Stewart and player of the match Erica Kennedy Smith, deservedly led by 12-points at the interval.
Montenotte fought back and reduced the deficit to three points with 1.23 remaining. But that was as close as they got.
DCU coach Mark Ingle was pleased with his team’s performance and is relishing their rematch in the National Cup next month: “Make no mistake every club wants to be part of the magic associated with the National Cup and I am sure our semi-final against Team Montenotte at the Neptune Stadium will be one to remember,” Ingle said.
Montenotte coach Mark Scannell was disappointed: “We started the season playing rigid defence but suddenly have taken our foot off the pedal. We’ve a lot of work to do over the Christmas to be ready for the remainder of our campaign.
Killester were stunned at home by Singletons Supervalu Brunell, losing to a Megan O’Leary buzzer beater 75-73. The Dublin side looked to have done enough when levelling with eight seconds left but a time-out allowed Brunell set a play for O’Leary that secured the Cork side a win against the odds.
UL Huskies’ improved form continued when they ran out 64-56 winners against Meteors and Liffey Celtics got back to winning ways when defeating WIT Wildcats 80-62 with Suzanne Maguire finishing with a game high 23 points.
Men’s Premier league leaders C & S UCC Demons kept their unbeaten record intact after overcoming Dublin Inter 87-62 at the National Basketball Arena.
Demons laid the foundation for their win with a solid third quarter performance with player coach Colin O’Reilly leading the scoring with 20 points.
Veteran captain Shane Coughlan was happy with another solid performance by Demons who complete their 2014 campaign with a home game against Templeogue on Sunday.
Coughlan said: “We did enough in the second half when we upped the tempo and no doubt Sunday’s game against Templeogue will be a sterner test.”
Travelodge Swords Thunder kept in sight of Demons when winning a thrilling game against Belfast Star at the Methodist College in Belfast.
The Northerners led 46-45 at the break and despite another impressive performance from the Star American Ricky Taylor (38 points) Swords ran out impressive 92-85 winners.
The Dublin side are involved in a home National Cup quarter-final against Templeogue on Wednesday with the winners playing C&S UCC Demons in the semi-final. Templeogue were also in a rich vein of form when defeating UL Eagles 65-62.
The Shannonsiders led 27-26 at half-time but in a nail-biting finish 25 points from Isaac Gordon proved the difference.
BFG Neptune suffered another home defeat to UCD Marian, going down 75-65 at the Neptune Stadium.
Despite player coach Ger Noonan leading the scoring with 18 points he was disappointed with the result.
Noonan said: “We are not scoring enough as 65 points on our home court is disappointing and we will not win many games against the decent sides in this league with that tally.