Make It A Demon Dozen! DePaul Returns to NCAA Tournament for 12th Straight Year
March 17, 2014
CHICAGO - For the 12th straight year, the No. 23/22 DePaul women's basketball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Demons were chosen as a No. 7 seed and are scheduled to face No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday, March 22 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Duke was chosen as the No. 2 seed and Winthrop is the No. 15 in the Lincoln, Nebraska Region. The winners of Saturday's first round games play on Monday.
DePaul and Oklahoma’s first-round game will be played 30-minutes following the Duke vs. Winthrop game which is scheduled to tip at 10:00 a.m. (CT). Both games will air on ESPN2.
DePaul (27-6) is making its 19th NCAA Tournament with its first appearance coming in 1990. The Blue Demons earned the BIG EAST’s automatic bid after capturing the league’s tournament title last week.
DePaul is 10-18 all-time in NCAA games and reached the Sweet 16 in 2011 and in 2006. The Blue Demons have reached the second round eight times, including in two of the last three seasons.
Oklahoma (18-14) reached the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament this season and is making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Sooners are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are 0-1 in neutral site games this season. The Sooners started their season by making the championship game of the Preseason WNIT
The Blue Demons and Sooners are meeting for just the second time ever. The two schools last played when they opened the 2006-07 season in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won the game 105-71.
DePaul has had one of the most successful seasons in recent history and set programs records for points scored (2,763), 3-pointers (285), assists (654) and its 27 wins ties for the second-most in school history. The Blue Demons also won their first ever BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles this season.
The Blue Demons are one of just nine programs to appear in each of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. DePaul is joined in this elite category by Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
The DePaul women are the only basketball program – men or women – from the state of Illinois represented in the NCAA Tournament field this season.