Blue Demons Host Louisville on Tuesday
CHICAGO - The DePaul women's basketball returns to Lincoln Park and clashes with BIG EAST Conference rival Louisville on Tues., Jan. 5 at McGrath Arena. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. and can be seen on CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli calling the action live courtside. The voice of the Blue Demon basketball Dave Bernhard will also broadcast the game live on www.DePaulBlueDemons.com with his pregame beginning at 7:45.
DePaul and Louisville meet for the 26th time with the Blue Demons leading the series 13-12; however the Cardinals won the 2009 game in Kentucky. In a series that dates back 1983, DePaul owns a 7-5 record on its home floor, but have not recorded a series win since the 2006 season. The Cardinals have closed the series gap as they have won the last three contests. Prior to the Cardinal run, the Blue Demons had won seven straight.
DePaul (11-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) are looking for its first league win after dropping a tight 63-30 game at Rutgers on Jan. 2. The Blue Demons are led by junior guard Sam Quigley, who leads the team with 12.9 points and 5.1 per game. The junior averages a BIG EAST-best 36.7 minutes per game, while she has played all but nine minutes in her last six games.
Louisville (9-5, 1-0 BIG EAST) enters the game on a three game winning streak and is led by Becky Burke and Monique Reid. The pair both average 15.5 points per game while Burke leads the team with 25 assists and Reid is averaging a team-best 8.5 rebounds.
The Blue Demons return to McGrath Arena for the first time in 30 days after playing its last six games on the road. DePaul was 4-2 on its road trip, while it picked up wins over then-No. 10/6 Florida State, Arkansas, UNLV and Illinois State. The Blue Demon's last home game was on Dec. 6 when they handed local-rival Loyola-Chicago a 73-30 defeat.
The Blue Demons homecoming is short as DePaul travels to No. 23/19 West Virginia on Jan. 9 for a 1 p.m. matinee with the Mountaineers.
Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 644-377 (.631) all-time... the 2009-10 campaign is the 36th season of women's basketball at DePaul University... DePaul has made at least 200 3-pointers in a season the last 10 seasons... since the start of the 2003-04 season (206 games), the Blue Demons have held 65.0 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (134-of-206)... in that span, DePaul is 115-19 (.858) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... DePaul has held 12 of its 15 opponents to less than 70 points this season... in the last five-plus seasons (170 games), the Blue Demons are 119-51 (.700)... in the last 54 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 44 victories... over the last nine-plus seasons (299 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 106 games... the Blue Demons hold a 101-5 (.953) record in those games... in the same span, DePaul is 42-1, including 40 straight wins, when scoring at least 90 points.
BIG EAST Predictions: DePaul was picked to finish the BIG EAST Conference regular season in third while Deirdre Naughton and Keisha Hampton were selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in a vote of the league's 16 head coaches. DePaul and Louisville gathered the same number of points to finish in a tie for third behind preseason favorite Connecticut and Notre Dame.
It could happen: The game is No. 1022 in DePaul women's basketball history... Quigley could start her 52nd consecutive game... with one assist, Quigley has dished out an assist in her last 45 games... Keisha Hampton needs 13 points to score 200 against BIG Conference opponents... Quigley needs 20 points to score 300 against league programs.
Recapping Rutgers: Sam Quigley scored 20 points including seven in the final 46 seconds as Rutgers nipped DePaul 63-60 in the BIG EAST opener for both teams... led by as many as eight in the first half... took a 29-27 lead to the locker room... Rutgers took the lead for good in the second half with 17:28 left to play... the Blue Demons struggled in the second half and did not score its first field goal until the 12:57 mark... Blue Demons are now 1-4 in BIG EAST Conference openers... Sam Quigley started her 51st consecutive game and has had an assist in her last 44 games... Quigley has reached double-figures in her last four games and had 20+ performances in back-to-back games... Harry has now tallied double-digit boards in four games this season... Keisha Hampton fouled out of the game with 2:23 left to play... Rutgers now leads the all-time series 4-2 and is 3-0 at home.
Looking Ahead: DePaul hits the road and plays at No. 23/19 West Virginia on Jan. 9... returns to McGrath Arena on Jan. 16 and host St. John's.
Charity Stripe Success: DePaul entered the week ranked the eighth country with a .779 free throw percentage... Sam Quigley leads the Blue Demons with a .847 (50-for-59) free throw percentage... Quigley's free throw percentage ranks third in the BIG EAST... DePaul started the season with a 17-for-18 (.944) effort against Central Michigan... shot under .750 in just five games this season... nine Blue Demons have recorded a 1.000 free throw percentage (min. 2 attempts) 29 times this season... Felicia Chester and Quigley each have six perfect games...Hampton leads the team with a 7-for-7 effort against Central Michigan.
Nice Pass: Sam Quigley ranks No. 47 in the country in assist to turnover ratio... the junior leads the Blue Demons with 76 assists while she has turned over the ball just 40 times for a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio... Quigley has led the Blue Demons in assists nine times... has a career-best seven assists four times this season... Quigley began the week ranked 46th in the country with 5.1 assists per game... she has had at least one assist in her last 44 games.
Injury Report - Naughton, Threatt & Pierson: Deirdre Naughton will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. Naughton, who entered the Northwestern game averaging 17.5 points per game this season, injured her knee in the first half of No. 15/21 DePaul's 59-55 loss to the Wildcats on Nov. 24. "Deirdre Naughton has been the heart and soul of this basketball team," Blue Demons head coach Doug Bruno said. "To lose her for the season is a devastating blow to this team. Every team in the nation at one time or another has been forced to deal with the adversity of injuries. Losing Deirdre Naughton will test the metal of this year's ballclub and we do expect every member of our team to step up in her absence." Naughton, was named to the preseason Wade Watch and was a Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden candidate prior to the 2009-10 season. A second team All-BIG EAST Conference selection and Associated Press All-American honorable mention as a junior, Naughton has scored 1,470 points in her career. She played her freshman season at Wake Forest in 2005-06 before transferring to DePaul.
China Threatt - last season's BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year - and Rachel Pierson have been sidelined by injuries. Threatt suffered a career-ending knee injury while Pierson is out with a back injury.
Martin Moments: Martin has started the last 10 games for the Blue Demons... third on the team with 11.0 points per game... second with 20, 3-pointers... reached double-digits in her last four games and in nine of her last 11... career-high 19 points at Green Bay and grabbed a team-best rebounds at Northern Illinois... entered the starting lineup against Northern Illinois.
Hanging on Harry: Freshman forward Katherine Harry entered the starting lineup against Arkansas on Dec. 19... in her five starts, averaged 10.2 rebounds per game and tied a career-high with 18 in DePaul's win over UNLV... in her last five games as 11 blocks, 10 steals and seven assists.
Recapping the last five: DePaul has won four of its last five including a win over then-No. 10/6 Florida State... all five games were on the road or at a neutral floor... averaging 64.6 points per game... average margin of victory is 9.8 points... Quigley (17.2), Martin (12.6) and Hampton (10.4) all average in double-figures... Harry is averaging 10.2 rebounds per game while Hampton grabs 6.4 and Chester has 6.8 per game.
Against the State: DePaul has seen recent success against in-state opponents. Over the last 63 games against Chicago State, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Southern Illinois, the Blue Demons have posted 61 victories. DePaul's 36-game winning streak against programs from the state of Illinois came to an end when Northwestern defeated the Blue Demons 59-55 in Evanston on Nov. 24. Prior to the loss at Northwestern, the last loss to a state program was on Dec. 4, 2002, when Illinois defeated the Blue Demons in Champaign by a 71-67 score. During the 61-game stretch, two losses were at Illinois with the last home loss to an in-state program was on Nov. 20, 1998, against Northwestern. The Wildcats defeated the Blue Demons at Alumni Hall by a score of 62-61 and then most recently at Welsh-Ryan Arena in 2009.
Coach Doug Bruno Court: Beginning in the 2010-11 season, the Blue Demons will play their home games at McGrath Arena on Coach Doug Bruno Court. DePaul's Director of Athletics, Jean Lenti Ponsetto made the announcement on Nov. 16. The 2010-11 season will also mark Coach Bruno's 25th season at DePaul while he is also on track to record his 500th career win that season.
LPTV: DePaul has partnered with LPTV and will play four games on that station. LPTV is one of Chicago's Public television stations and broadcasted DePaul's win over San Diego and UIC. The Blue Demons games with BIG EAST Conference foes, Connecticut and West Virginia will also be carried on LPTV. DePaul is 2-0 when playing on LPTV.
Taking Advantage from Beyond the Arc: Since the start of the 2005-06 season (145 games), the club has knocked down 1002 trifectas compared to just 728 for the opposition... with three 3-pointers against San Diego State at the NCAA Championship in San Diego, the team clinched the 10th straight year with at least 200 three-pointers... a 0-for-8 showing against Houston on Feb. 11, 2005, ended DePaul's streak with a three-pointer at 259 games... at the time, it was the nation's seventh-longest active streak... more recently, the Blue Demons 0-14 showing at Northern Illinois ended a 144 game streak with a 3-pointer, while they were 0-11 against Arkansas... including the Houston, Northern Illinois and Arkansas games, the Blue Demons have tallied a three-pointer in 411 of the last 414 games.
Home Cookin': Through nine-plus seasons, McGrath Arena - formerly known as the DePaul Athletic Center - has proven itself as one of the toughest venues in the nation. The Blue Demons have posted a 112-19 (.855) record in the arena's 131 games. DePaul's .848 winning percentage entering the 2009-10 season ranks ninth among all active arenas and 11th all-time.
Beginning its 36th season of women's basketball at DePaul University, the Blue Demons have an all-time home court record of 376-103 (.785). Over 26 seasons at Alumni Hall, the women's basketball program won over 75 percent of its games with a 242-80 all-time record. At the Allstate Arena, the women's program has posted an all-time record of 22-4.
There have been 15 streaks of at least 10 straight home victories. The longest streak was the 33-game run that started on Dec. 19, 2003 with a 99-63 win over Alabama State and ended on Jan. 28, 2006 with an 84-75 defeat to #5/4 Connecticut. The Blue Demons' 11-game winning streak dating back to the 2006-07 season ended on Jan. 2, 2008 with the 102-68 loss to #3/3 Tennessee.
Over the last seven-plus years at McGrath Arena, the team is 91-12 at home with four losses to teams ranked in the top five. DePaul lost in overtime to #2/2 Tennessee on Dec. 17, 2003, before the Connecticut loss in Jan. 2006. Tennessee, ranked third in both polls, served DePaul its fifth defeat before the 77-76 loss to #1/1 Connecticut on Mar. 1, 2008. Maybe more impressive is that the Blue Demons' average margin of victory during that span that 20.9 points per game.
The Blue Demons have also posted 89 victories in the last 92 games over unranked opponents. West Virginia ended DePaul's 58-game streak over unranked opponents with a 74-63 decision on Jan. 9, 2007 before Pittsburgh and Louisville handed the Blue Demons defeats in 2007-08. During the 58-game streak, there were 54 victories at McGrath Arena and four wins at the Allstate Arena.
Streaking: Dating back to last season and in some cases, the last couple of seasons, the Blue Demons have put together various streaks. Listed below are some current active streaks heading into the 2009-10 season:
Regular Season Tournament History: DePaul is 71-26 all-time in regular season tournaments dating back to 1980-81 season... DePaul has played in 44 regular season tournaments and won 24... finished in second eight times... earlier this season won the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Duel in the Desert Recap: DePaul won its second tournament of the 2009-10 season with wins over Arkansas, No. 10/6 Florida State and host UNLV... Sam Quigley was named the tournament's MVP while Anna Martin earned all-tournament honors... the Blue Demons opened the tournament with a slim 46-45 victory over Arkansas... Maureen Mulchrone came off the bench to lead the Blue Demons with 11 points while Katherine Harry had 10 rebounds... DePaul defeated No. 10/6 Florida State 75-60 to reach the Championship game... DePaul trailed for just the 4:32 before taking the lead for good... led 37-29 at the half and led by as many at 19... overpowered UNLV 82-48 for the Championship... Harry led the floor with 18 rebounds and Martin had 18 points.
Maggie Dixon Recap: DePaul won the inaugural Maggie Dixon Classic in the Midwest with wins over Cornell and San Diego. Formally known as the DePaul Invitational, the Maggie Dixon Classic honors former Blue Demon assistant coach Maggie Dixon, who died on April 6, 2006 of an arrhythmia. Dixon's tragic death came three weeks after her first season as the head coach at Army which saw the Black Knights win the Patriot League Championship and make the program's first trip to the NCAA Championship. The Classic is the third tournament to be named after the former Blue Demon assistant and Army head coach. Jamie Dixon, the head coach at Pittsburgh hosts a tournament at Madison Square Garden, while San Diego, Dixon's alma mater also hosts a tournament in Dixon's name.
The Blue Demons defeated Cornell, 89-50 while the biggest story of the night was freshman Katherine Harry's 18 rebounds. Harry's 18 boards were the most by a Blue Demon player since Erin Carney grabbed 19 at Oklahoma. Deirdre Naughton scored 24 as the Blue Demons claimed the Championship with an 84-64 win over San Diego. Naughton earned MVP honors while Felicia Chester and Keisha Hampton were named to the All-Tournament team.
Marching Along: DePaul made its seventh consecutive and the program's 14th NCAA Championship appearance in 2009... Blue Demons were one of seven BIG EAST programs in the field of 64... the conference led all leagues along with the Big 12 with teams earning bids... the program is 7-14 (.333) all-time in NCAA Championship play... DePaul is one of 14 teams to appear in each of the last seven tournaments... joining the Blue Demons on the list of 14 teams with seven straight NCAA's are Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt... the seven straight appearances are a program record for consecutive NCAA's... DePaul earned four consecutive NCAA berths from 1990-93 followed by a three-year run from 1995-97... the program is 4-8 entering in its last seven tournament appearances, including a 2006 NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance in San Antonio, Texas.
Hitting the Century Mark: Deirdre Naughton scored her 1,000th career point against North Dakota State on Nov. 15... became DePaul's 23rd 1,000 point scorer and first since Caprice Smith (2004-08) reached the century mark in 2008... she played her freshman season at Wake Forest and has 1,470 career points (1,051 at DePaul and 419 at Wake Forest).