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DePaul Begins Two-Game Road Trip at Pittsburgh on Saturday

March 1, 2013

DePaul at Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH – The DePaul women’s basketball team begins a two-game road trip on Saturday when it clashes with Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center.  The Blue Demons and Panthers tip at 1 p.m. (ET), while the game will be carried live in Pittsburgh on the Pitt Panther Network.  Cami Padilla will provide audio for DePaul’s BlueTube while GameTracker is also available.  In-game scoring and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/DePaulWBBSID.

DePaul (19-9, 8-6 BIG EAST) closes out its regular season on the road – first at Pittsburgh on Saturday and then at St. John’s on March 4.  With DePaul having clinched a bye into the second round of the BIG EAST Championship, the Blue Demons are among six teams jockeying for position in the standings.  

Notre Dame and Connecticut have clinched a bye into the quarterfinals while Louisville, Syracuse, St. John’s, USF, Villanova and DePaul are bunched up in the top half of the standings with two games to go.  Entering the weekend, the Blue Demons sit in a tie for sixth place with USF. DePaul holds the tiebreaker after defeating the Bulls 91-75 in January.  USF plays at Connecticut and at Georgetown in its last two games.

Saturday’s games include Villanova at Syracuse and St. John’s plays at Seton Hall which should help to make the tournament seedings clearer heading into DePaul’s showdown with St. John’s on Monday.  

DePaul’s first test of the weekend comes at Pittsburgh (9-18, 0-14 BIG EAST).  The Panthers will celebrate Senior Day and the career of Abby Dowd prior to the contest and are looking to halt a 34-game BIG EAST regular season losing streak.  Earlier this year, the Blue Demons defeated Pittsburgh, 57-55 on Jan. 29, in Chicago behind 19 points from Brittany Hrynko.  

Saturday’s game is the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs.  DePaul leads the all-time series 7-4 and has won the last four dating back to 2010.  This is the fifth series meeting at the Petersen Events Center while the teams have split the previous four.  The Panthers last series victory was a 62-59 win at the BIG EAST Championship in 2009.

This season, DePaul is led by Hrynko’s 15.3 points and Katherine Harry leads the BIG EAST and the Blue Demons with 10.9 rebounds per game.  DePaul is coming off a 75-55 win over Georgetown behind 21 points from Megan Rogowski.

Pittsburgh is led by Asia Logan’s 14.7 points and Brianna Kiesel follows with 14.6.  Although winless in the BIG EAST this season, the Panthers have played three of their last seven opponent close – including two point loses at DePaul and against Providence and Georgetown at the Petersen Events Center.

The BIG EAST Championship bracket will be released on March 4 following the conclusion of seven conference games that evening.  The Championship is set to begin on March 8 at the XL Center while DePaul begins its championship quest on March 9.