March 16, 2012
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The seventh-seeded DePaul women's basketball team spent Friday preparing for its First Round NCAA Tournament game with tenth-seeded BYU. The Blue Demons met the media and practiced at the Allstate in preparations for Saturday's first round game with the Cougars. DePaul and BYU play in the second half of a women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday that tips 30 minutes after the conclusion of second-seeded Tennessee and No. 15 UT-Martin which starts at 3:10. Brooke Weisbrod and Jon Sciambi will call both games live for ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
DePaul and BYU are meeting for just the sixth time in the program's history while it is the first time since Jan. 20, 1990 that the two teams meet. The Blue Demons own a slight 3-2 series lead, while the Cougars won the last meeting in Utah in 1990. Prior to the Cougars' win, the Blue Demons had won three straight in the series.
DePaul (22-10) earned a No. 7 seed in the tournament and are led by its junior -- Anna Martin and Katherine Harry. Martin leads the BIG EAST Conference in scoring with 19.1 points while Harry averages a league-best, 9.6 rebounds per outing.
DePaul is making its tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance while Saturday's game marks the 17th time the Blue Demons have played in tournament. DePaul is just one of 11 programs to have reached the NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years and joins the ranks of -- Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt on this exclusive list.
BYU (26-6) won the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship and returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Cougars, lead the NCAA with 19.1 assists per game while their 1.22 assist/turnover ratio ranks sixth.
All-Session tickets for the NCAA First and Second Rounds are currently on sale and can be purchased through the DePaul Athletics Ticket office (773) 325-SLAM (7526) for $42 (adults) and $17 (students and youth) each. All session tickets are for both games on Saturday and Monday's second round game.
Single-session tickets are available through the DePaul Ticket Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Groups of 10 or more should contact a DePaul ticket representative with group rates starting at $10 a ticket.
Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 704-403 (.636) 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 (294 games), the Blue Demons have held 65.6 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (193-of-294)... in that span, DePaul is 164-29 (.845) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... in that same time span, DePaul has scored 70 or more points in 194 games... DePaul is 170-24 (.876) when scoring 70 plus points... in the last seven plus seasons (263 games), the Blue Demons are 187-76 (.711)... in the last 77 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 64 victories... over the last ten plus seasons (385 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 125 games... the Blue Demons hold a 120-5 (.960) record in those games... in the same span, DePaul is 52-1, including 50 straight wins, when scoring at least 90 points.
Marching Along: DePaul is making its tenth consecutive and the program's 16th NCAA Championship appearance in 2010... the Blue Demons were one of eight BIG EAST programs in the field of 64 in 2012... DePaul is 7-16 (.304) all-time in NCAA Championship play...DePaul is one of 11 teams to appear in each of the last 10 tournaments... joining the Blue Demons on the list of 11 teams with 10-straight NCAA's are Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt... the 10-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 6-9 entering in its last nine tournament appearances, including a 2006 and 2011 NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance.
Scouting BYU: Won the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship to receive and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament... first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007... 3-8 in NCAA Tournament games last win was in 2006 when it topped Iowa 67-62 in the First Round... enters the tournament with a 26-6 record and has won its last two games - both were in the WCC Tournament... leads the country with 19.1 assists per game... ranks sixth in DI with its 1.22 assist/turnover ratio... is ninth in the country with 6.0 blocks per game... Haley Steed is fourth in the country with 7.2 assists per game and is third in DI with her 2.66 assist/turnover ratio... Kristen Riley leads the team with 11.4 points per game and Lexi Eaton follows with 10.6... Cougars average 71.6 points per game while holding its opponent to 56.8.
DePaul/BYU Series: The two teams are playing for the first time since Jan. 20, 1990 in Utah... the Cougars won that contest 78-60... DePaul leads the all-time series 3-2... prior to that 1990 Cougar win, DePaul had won three straight including two in Chicago... the teams had a home/home series for four straight years... DePaul is 2-0 in games played in Chicago... series is tied at one apiece in Utah... DePaul is 1-0 in games played on a neutral floor.