Blue Demons and Panthers tip at 7 p.m. on Saturday
Jan. 12, 2012
CHICAGO - The No. 21/19 DePaul women's basketball team returns to Lincoln Park and hosts BIG EAST Conference foe Pittsburgh on Saturday. The game tips at 7 p.m. in McGrath-Phillips Arena while DePaul Athletics has teamed-up with the DePaul University Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta and the Chicago Chapter of Autism Speaks to make Saturday's game Autism Awareness.
The DePaul/Pitt game can be heard on DePaul's BlueTube with Cami Padilla calling the action courtside. GameTracker is also available while in-game notes and scoring updates can be followed at twitter.com/DePaulWBBSID.
Saturday's contest marks the 10th all-time series meeting between the two programs with DePaul holding a slight 5-4 series edge. The Blue Demons have won the last two contests and are 2-1 in games played at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The two teams have met five times as conference rivals with DePaul holding a 3-2 series lead in regular season contests.
The Blue Demons (14-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) are 8-0 on their home court this season and put their 27-game McGrath-Phillips Arena winning-streak on the line against the Panthers. DePaul's current winning streak is the second longest in school history and has spanned over two seasons or 690 days.
This season DePaul is led by Anna Martin's 18.4 points per game which is third in the league. The junior has reached double figures in 16 of DePaul's 17 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark in seven games. The Lexington, Kentucky native's scoring average ranks 37th in the country while her .457 percentage from 3-point range ranks sixth in Division I and is tops in the BIG EAST.
Pittsburgh (8-9, 0-4 BIG EAST) is looking for its first BIG EAST Conference win and has dropped four of its last five games. The Panthers' lone win during that time frame came was a 74-69 overtime win against Lafayette on its home court. Pittsburgh is led by Brianna Kiesel's 13.8 points.
As part of Autism Awareness Day, fans are encouraged to wear Blue while the first 200 fans will receive Autism Speaks/Alpha Xi Delta water bottles. There will be an Autism Speaks information booth and all fans will receive blue ribbons with autism fact cards. A "quiet room" will be provided for families who need to utilize it during contest.
Saturday's game is the second Autism Awareness Day that DePaul has participated in this season. When the Blue Demons traveled to Evanston to take on Northwestern on Nov. 27, the Wildcats also hosted an Awareness Day. Blue Demon head coach Doug Bruno along side Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown whose son, Joey, has autism have team-up off the court and participated in rallies at the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a 5K event held at Soldier Field. Both Bruno and McKeown continue to donate their time and money for a cause that affects 1 in every 110 children.
Following Saturday's BIG EAST clash, DePaul heads to Tampa for a league game with USF on Jan. 17. The game will be played at the USF Recreation Center and is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. (CT).
• Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 696-396 (.637) all-time... the 2011-12 campaign is the 37th season of women's basketball at DePaul University... since the start of the 2003-04 season (279 games), the Blue Demons have held 65.4 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (183-of-279)... in that span, DePaul is 157-26 (.856) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... in that same time span, DePaul has scored 70 or more points in 185 games... DePaul is 162-23 (.876) when scoring 70 plus points... in the last seven plus seasons (248 games), the Blue Demons are 179-69 (.722)... in the last 70 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 59 victories... over the last ten plus seasons (371 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 123 games... the Blue Demons hold a 118-5 (.959) record in those games... in the same span, DePaul is 52-1, including 50 straight wins, when scoring at least 90 points.
• It Could Happen: Coach Doug Bruno could win his 542nd career coaching victory and 502nd at the collegiate level... with one 3-pointer it would run DePaul's streak to 77 consecutive games with a 3-pointer... Katherine Harry needs 12 block to tie Felicia Chester (129) for fourth on DePaul's all-time blocks list.