Oct. 28, 2012
Exhibition Game Notes: Saint Xavier
CHICAGO – The No. 25 DePaul women’s basketball team opens its 2012-13 exhibition schedule against Saint Xavier at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Tuesday’s game is the first of two exhibition games the Blue Demons play prior to the regular season opener on Nov. 9 against Nicholls State.
Gametracker will be provided for Tuesday’s exhibition while in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed on www.twitter.com/DePaulWBBSID.
Saint Xavier is no stranger to Lincoln Park with the Blue Demons and Cougars having met, last season and also during exhibition contests in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, the Blue Demons topped the Cougars 112-47 behind double-digit scoring performances from six DePaul players -- Brittany Hrynko (19), Anna Martin (16), Chanise Jenkins (15), Kelsey Reynolds (15), Megan Rogowski (14) and Jasmine Penny (12).
Returning six of its “Magnificent Seven” from a year ago, the Blue Demons look to make their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance at the end of 2012-13 season. Anchored by their All-American, Martin and the BIG EAST Conference’s top rebounder from a season ago, Katherine Harry, the Blue Demons look to make some noise again this season.
Known for head coach Doug Bruno’s up-tempo offense, DePaul returns 84% of its scoring including the BIG EAST’s leading scorer in Martin, who averaged 19.1 points per game. Last season, the Blue Demons ranked 23rd in the country in scoring with 72.0 points per game.
With Harry and Penny patrolling the paint, DePaul returns 87% of its rebounding. Harry averaged 9.5 boards per game last season while the senior broke a McGrath-Phillips Arena record with 20 rebounds against Louisville on Jan. 31, 2012.
Coach Bruno enters his 27th year at the helm of the program and returns to the court after serving as an assistant coach for the USA National Team, who captured Olympic Gold in London over the summer.
The Blue Demons close out the exhibition portion of their schedule against Illinois Wesleyan at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The game is part of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader with the men taking on Lewis at 7:30 p.m.
Women's basketball season tickets are on sale and start at just $99 for all women's home games. For more information on season tickets, singles game tickets and a variety of mini plans call (773) 325-SLAM.
• Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 705-404 (.636) all-time... the 2012-13 campaign is the 38th season of women's basketball at DePaul University... since the start of the 2003-04 season (296 games), the Blue Demons have held 65.8 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (195-of-297)... in that span, DePaul is 165-30 (.846) 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 eight seasons (265 games), the Blue Demons are 188-77 (.709)... in the last 77 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 64 victories... over the last ten plus seasons (386 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
• Looking at Saint Xavier: The Cougars are ranked No. 6 in the preseason NAIA Poll… Bob Hallberg is in his 13th season at the helm of the Saint Xavier program… last season the Cougars won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament… Morgan Stuut was named the CCAC freshman of the year and led the Cougars with 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game a season-ago… Stuut was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American last season… made its 10th straight appearance in the NAIA Women's Basketball National Championships
• Exhibition Season: DePaul plays two exhibitions this season – against Saint Xavier on Oct. 30 and welcomes Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 3 for a 5 p.m. tilt