DePaul Opens NCAA Tournament on Friday
March 16, 2017

No. 19/19 DePaul (26-7) vs. Northern Iowa (24-8)
Friday, March 17 | 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Humphrey Coliseum | Starkville, Miss.
TV:ESPN2 | Gametracker
Game Notes: DePaul | Northern Iowa

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The No. 7 seed Blue Demons take on No. 10 Northern Iowa out of the Missouri Valley Conference at 11 a.m. Friday in their NCAA tournament opener at Starkville, Miss.

The showdown at the Humphrey Coliseum will be televised by ESPN2. Livestats is available while in-game updates can be followed on Twitter -- @DePaulAthletics.

DePaul (26-7) makes its 15th-straight NCAA tournament with a record of 15-21 (.417). The Blue Demons are one of just six programs to appear in each of the last 15 NCAA tournaments along with Connecticut, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee.



DePaul has reached the second round 11 times and the Sweet 16 on in 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016. The Blue Demons advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2011, 2014 and 2016 by defeating its NCAA Second Round opponent on its home floor---topping Penn State 75-73 in 2011, No. 2 seed Duke 74-65 in 2014 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and No. 3 seed Louisville 73-72 at the KFC Yum! Center in 2016.

BIG EAST Coach of the Year Doug Bruno’s team is fourth in the nation in three-point attempts, fifth in assists and assists per game, No. 6 in three-pointers, No. 7 in assist-turnover ratio and three-pointers per game, No. 9 in rebounds and  No. 10 in scoring offense.

Jessica January is No. 4 in the nation in triple-doubles, Kelly Campbell No. 8 and Lauren Prochaska No. 18 in assist/turnover ratio and Schulte No. 27 in the country in field goals.

Brooke Schulte was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jacqui Grant was the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Tanita Allen won the Sixth Woman Award. Schulte and Grant were voted All-BIG EAST First Team and Kelly Campbell landed on the All-Freshman Team.

Northern Iowa (24-8) has won eight of its last 10 games and finished second in the MVC with a record of 15-3. Madison Weekly leads the Panthers with 15.1 points and 4.2 assists per game and has connected on 62 three-pointers in 204 attempts.

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