No. 25/20 DePaul Faces No. 22/21 Oklahoma Monday
Nov. 12, 2017
No. 25/20 DePaul vs. No. 22/21 Oklahoma
Monday, Nov. 13 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)
McGrath-Phillips Arena | Chicago, Ill.
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CHICAGO - No. 25/20 DePaul faces a big challenge at 7 p.m. Monday night in pursuit of its first victory of the new season.
The Blue Demons confront No. 22/21 Oklahoma at McGrath-Phillips Arena where coach Doug Bruno's program sports a .846 winning percentage.
The last time DePaul and Oklahoma met was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament First Round which saw the Blue Demons come away with a memorable 104-100 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The explosive output of 204 points was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. It was also the most points DePaul has scored in an NCAA tournament game.
Oklahoma will be the first of six 2017 NCAA tournament teams DePaul will face this season with the possibility of two more (Ohio State and Stanford) at the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas Nov. 23-25.
The Blue Demons are coming off a 94-88 season-opening loss to Northern Colorado last Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena in which the home team nearly overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter with a furious late rally.
In an effort to disrupt the Bears' flow, Bruno had his players scramble the game. Their full-court pressure produced eight turnovers in the final 10 minutes, but Northern Colorado's stellar free throw shooting (visiting-team arena record 33-of-37) staved off the comeback.
Tanita Allen led the Blue Demons with 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Amarah Coleman had 16 points and six boards. Ashton Millender finished with 14 points and rugged sophomore Kelly contributed 13 points and five rebounds.
In her first game back after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn Achilles tendon, Mart'e Grays came through with 12 points and six rebounds.
Oklahoma opened its season last Friday with a 96-73 victory over a Belmont team coached by former DePaul assistant coach Bart Brooks. Vionise Pierre-Louis led the Sooners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Maddie Manning added 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Sooners shot 50 percent from the field (35-of-70) and were 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from three-point range.
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