DePaul Plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday
DePaul (17-10, 7-7) at Pittsburgh (20-7, 8-6)
Game Notes: DePaul | Opponent Information: Pittsburgh
CHICAGO - Having locked in a spot in next weekend’s BIG EAST Championship, the DePaul women’s basketball team looks to gain the highest seed possible with the final two games of the regular season in a 57-hour span. DePaul tips off at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on Saturday at Pittsburgh before hosting Notre Dame at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Monday. The Blue Demons enter Saturday’s game having won three of four including back-to-back victories over Seton Hall and Syracuse.
DePaul stands at 17-10 overall record and 7-7 in BIG EAST play while Pittsburgh is 20-7 overall and 8-6 in league action. Neither team is currently ranked in either top 25, but both have made appearances this season in the national polls. The Panthers sit in a three-way tie for seventh in the BIG EAST standings. DePaul sits all alone in 10th place, just a game back of the three-team seventh spot, with the league’s top 12 teams advancing to the Hartford Civic Center next weekend.
Following Saturday’s action, the Blue Demons play the regular-season finale on Monday night against Notre Dame at McGrath Arena. That game can be seen live on CSTV and www.bigeast.tv.
Noting the Blue Demons: Doug Bruno has used nine different starting lineups this season... only Jenna Rubino, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith have started every game... with 212 three-pointers, DePaul has made at least 200 three’s in a season in eight straight years... in the 13 of the 17 wins, opponents have scored less than 70 points... since the start of the 2003-04 season (122 games), the Blue Demons have held 65.6 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (80-of-122)... in that span, DePaul is 73-7 (.913) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... in 2006-07, the Blue Demons are 4-9 when allowing more than 70 points and 13-1 when holding the opposition to less than 70... at least four players have scored in double-figures in 13 games this season... in two games, at least three players have grabbed at least 10 rebounds (at UW-Green Bay and at Illinois-Chicago)... Allie Quigley (23 pts./10 reb.), Jenna Rubino (11 pts./15 reb.) and Caprice Smith (16 pts./11 reb.) each recorded a double-double on Dec. 17 at Illinois-Chicago... DePaul has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in a game on six occasions... the 2005-06 squad combined for at least 10 three’s in three games... in the last two-plus seasons, the Blue Demons are 70-22 (.761)... in the last 36 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 33 victories (.917 winning pct.)... DePaul is one of 19 programs that have reached postseason play in at least 15 of the last 18 seasons... they are also one of 14 teams to reach at least the second round in each of the last three NCAA Championships... joining the Blue Demons on the list of 14 second-round regulars are Baylor, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt... the 2005-06 season was the first year that DePaul didn’t score 100 points in a game since the 1999-00 season... over the last six-plus seasons (215 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 75 games... the Blue Demons hold a 72-3 (.960) record in those games... in the 33rd season of play at DePaul, the women’s basketball program is 588-348.
Opponent 28 - Pittsburgh Panthers: Pittsburgh enters Saturday’s game with a 20-7 overall record and 8-6 mark in BIG EAST play. The Panthers have dropped their last two contests with an 82-68 loss at Connecticut on Feb. 17 and a 57-46 loss against West Virginia on Tuesday. Shavonte Zellous leads three players averaging double-figures with 19.4 points per game. She is followed by Marcedes Walker with 15.3 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game and Xenia Stewart with a scoring average of 11.5. Head coach Agnus Berenato is in her fourth season as head coach at Pittsburgh and holds a 61-53 record with the Panthers.
The Series - DePaul leads 2-1: Saturday’s game is just the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs. The Blue Demons claimed the regular-season meeting and a BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal victory last season. DePaul won in Chicago, 81-75, on Jan. 3 before a 69-46 win in Hartford, Conn., on Mar. 5.
It Could Happen: The Pittsburgh game is No. 620 at DePaul for Doug Bruno... a win would be his 393rd with the Blue Demons... the game will be No. 123 for Jenna Rubino, moving her into a tie for fifth all-time... Allie Quigley needs two three-pointers to move into second all-time... Erin Carney needs nine rebounds to reach 500 in her career... Caprice Smith needs two three’s for 75 in her career... a three-pointer will mark the 70th straight game with at least one trifecta for the team.
All Alone: Closing in on the final chapter of her career, Jenna Rubino put her own mark on the DePaul record book against Syracuse on Feb. 20. The senior guard became the first player in DePaul history with 1,200 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 three-pointers. She enters the Pittsburgh game with 1,244 points, 529 rebounds, 300 assists and 166 three-pointers.
Up next on the multi-category milestone list is Allie Quigley. The junior needs 10 assists to become the first player in school history with 1,300 points, 300 assists and 150 three-pointers.
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 Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh:
Demon Doings: Notes following the 67-58 win at Syracuse on Tuesday night:
Taking Advantage from Beyond the Arc: Since the start of the 2003-04 season, the club has knocked down 874 trifectas compared to just 518 for the opposition. Including this season, the team has totaled at least 200 three-pointers in each year. With a 0-for-8 showing against Houston on Feb. 11, 2005, DePaul’s streak of games with a three-pointer ended at 259 games. At the time, it was the nation’s seventh-longest active streak. Including the Houston game, the Blue Demons have tallied a three-pointer in 328 of the last 329 games.
In 27 games this season, the Blue Demons have outscored their opponents by 225 points from three-point range (8.3 ppg). DePaul is 212-626 (.339) from behind the arc while opponents are a combined 137-479 (.286). The squad averages 7.9 three’s per game while the opposition makes 5.1 treys per contest. The trio of Missy Mitidiero, Allie Quigley and Jenna Rubino have combined for 140 three’s this season - three more than the 137 for all of DePaul’s opponents combined.
At Oklahoma in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic, the Blue Demons used the experimental three-point distance of 20’6”. DePaul went 8-for-28 (.286) as a team. The Blue Demons have played in two events in the last two seasons where the experimental distance was used. At the 2005 Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, the team posted a combined .306 percentage from behind the extended arc on 15-of-49 shooting in the three games.
Up Next: The Blue Demons conclude the regular season with a home game against Notre Dame on Monday night. The action starts at 8 p.m. at McGrath Arena with CSTV televising the contest. The game can also be seen online at www.bigeast.tv.