Blue Demons and the Sooners tip at 12:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2
March 21, 2014
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DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 23/21 DePaul women's basketball team spent Friday preparing for its First Round NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma on Saturday at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Demons and Sooners tip at 1:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and LaChina Robinson calling the action. All of the NCAA Tournament games are also available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.
Saturday's game is part of a women's basketball doubleheader with the Blue Demons and Sooners tipping 30 minutes after the conclusion of the match-up between second-seeded Duke and No. 15 Winthrop which tips at 11 a.m. (ET). The winners of Saturday's games will face off on Monday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Blue Demons (27-6) are making their 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's 19th when they tip with Oklahoma on Saturday. DePaul boasts an 8-10 record in first round games and has advanced to the second round in two of the last three years. The Blue Demons also advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006 and 2011.
DePaul is one of nine teams in the field of 64 that have participated in the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. The Blue Demons are joined on that exclusive list with Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
DePaul earned the BIG EAST Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the league's tournament on Mar. 11. The Blue Demons topped St. John's; who is a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and play USC on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. DePaul also won its first ever BIG EAST regular season championship earlier this month and has won 16 of its last 17 games including seven straight leading into the NCAA Tournament.
In the midst of one of the most successful seasons in DePaul's history, the Blue Demons have set new program standards for points (2,763), 3-pointers (285) and assists (654) while the 27 wins ties for second-most in school history.
With the starting five all averaging more than nine points per game, the Blue Demons are finding contributions from everyone.
Jasmine Penny leads the team with 15.8 points and is knocking down nearly 58 percent of her shots. Megan Rogowski follows with 15.3 points and set a new single-season DePaul record with 101 3-pointers.
Brittany Hrynko is adding 12.5 points. The guard ranks 30th in Division I with 5.7 assists per game and is 26th with 2.61 steals per game.
Complimenting Hrynko is Chanise Jenkins who adds 5.3 assists per game and her impressive 2.73 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 17th in Division I. Jenkins is also adding 10.8 points and scored a career-best 23 against Marquette in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Megan Podkowa rounds out DePaul's starting five and leads the Blue Demons with 6.3 rebounds per game. The sophomore forward also leads the team in offensive rebounds with 82 and is tied with Penny for 25 blocks on the season. Podkowa also added 9.1 points per game and has reached double-figures in four of DePaul's last six games.
DePaul and the 10th-seeded Sooners are meeting for just the second time ever and the first time on a neutral floor. The series only meeting happened in 2006 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners, who were ranked No. 3 in the country, won that meeting 105-71 on their home court.
Oklahoma enters the tournament with an 18-14 record and has dropped six of its last 10 games. The Sooners are paced by Aaryn Ellenber's 18.8 points and 1.9 steals per game. The Sooners are making their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
In preparations for Saturday's clash with the Sooners, the Blue Demons met the media and also got in a practice at Cameron Indoor.
Saturday's Postgame Reception: DePaul fans traveling to Durham are invited to attend Saturday's Postgame Reception at the Marriott City Center in downtown Durham. The event is free and open to all Blue Demon fans.