DePaul Women Punch Ticket to NCAA Tournament, Face Oklahoma State
March 18, 2013
CHICAGO - For the 11th straight year, the DePaul women's basketball team saw its name appear in the NCAA Tournament Bracket. The Blue Demons were chosen as a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 Oklahoma State on Sun., Mar. 24 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke was chosen as the No. 2 seed and Hampton is the No. 15 in the Norfolk Region. The winners of Sunday's first round games play on Tuesday.
DePaul and Oklahoma State's first-round game will be played 30-minutes following the Duke vs. Hampton game which is scheduled to tip at 11:05 p.m. (CT). Both games will air on ESPN2.
"This team earning its way into the tournament, I'm very proud of this group," said head coach Doug Bruno. "It never gets old. It's never easy, and with this group, they overcame so much adversity this year. I'm just really proud that they're here."
DePaul (21-11) is making its 18th NCAA Tournament with its first appearance coming in 1990. DePaul is 10-17 in NCAA games and reached the Sweet 16 in 2011 and in 2006. The Blue Demons have reached the second round eight times, including the last two seasons.
Oklahoma State (20-10) reached the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament this season and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. Last season the Cowgirls captured the WNIT Title. The program is making its 11 NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Blue Demons and Cowgirls are meeting for the third time in the programs history and most recently met in 1991. OSU owns a 2-0 series advantage including a 1-0 mark in NCAA Tournament meetings. The Cowgirls narrowly defeated the Blue Demons in Stillwater, 81-80 in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament.