Nov. 20, 2011
HONOLULU -- No. 18/18 DePaul women's basketball team closes out the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday against tournament host Hawai'i. Today's game tips at 5 p.m. (HST) and can be seen on Time Warner Oceanic Cable. Live pay-per-view video streaming is available on oceanic.streaming.com and a link to live stats can be found on DePaul's athletics website.
The Blue Demons (3-1) have split their two games in the last 48 hours. DePaul opened the tournament with a 82-74 loss to San Diego State, but rebounded with an impressive 99-64 win over Portland on Saturday. During the tournament, Anna Martin and Keisha Hampton have made their offensive presence felt by averaging more than 20 points per outing.
Martin leads the team with 23.5 points in the last two games, while Hampton is averaging 20.5 while grabbing 7.0 rebounds. Martin is 17-for-30 from the field during the Rainbow Wahine Classic including six 3-pointers. Hampton, who finds herself double and triple-teamed, is 14-of-15 from the free throw line and has five blocks on the defensive end.
Hawai'I (1-2) has dropped both of its games during the tournament - falling to Portland (82-64) and San Diego State (71-44). The Rainbow's bench is thin with only nine players available in their first three games. Kamilah Jackson leads Hawai'i with 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per outing.
Sunday's game is the second between the two programs. Hawai'i won the series only meeting in 1997, 74-61 on its home floor.
The Blue Demons return to mainland and break for the Thanksgiving holiday. DePaul plays at Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 27. The contest between the Blue Demons and Wildcats can be seen on the Big Ten Network with the tip scheduled for 2 p.m.
• Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 685-394 (.635) all-time... the 2011-12 campaign is the 37th season of women's basketball at DePaul University... since the start of the 2003-04 season (266 games), the Blue Demons have held 64.7 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (172-of-266)... in that span, DePaul is 147-25 (.855) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... in that same time span, DePaul has scored 70 or more points in 177 games... DePaul is 154-23 (.870) when scoring 70 plus points... in the last six plus seasons (234 games), the Blue Demons are 167-67 (.714)... in the last 68 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 57 victories... over the last ten plus seasons (357 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 119 games... the Blue Demons hold a 114-5 (.958) record in those games... in the same span, DePaul is 49-1, including 47 straight wins, when scoring at least 90 points.
• Regular Season Tournament History: DePaul is 79-28 (.738) all-time in regular season tournaments dating back to 1980-81 season... the Blue Demons have played in 48 regular-season tournaments including the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic... DePaul has won 25 regular season tournaments and finished in second place nine times... earlier this season, DePaul won the Maggie Dixon Classic with wins over St. Mary's and Samford.
• It Could Happen: Coach Doug Bruno could win his 530th career coaching victory and 490th at the collegiate level... Keisha Hampton could start her 106th consecutive game... with one 3-pointer it would run DePaul's streak to 64 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
• BIG EAST Preseason Selections: DePaul was picked to finish sixth in the annual BIG EAST Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll. Notre Dame was at the top of the poll followed by Connecticut. Louisville was chosen third, followed by Rutgers and Georgetown in the fourth and fifth spots. DePaul was selected to finish sixth, St. John's seventh and Syracuse eighth. West Virginia was picked ninth and USF rounded out the top 10. The Bulls were followed by Marquette, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, Cincinnati and Seton Hall.
• Streaking: Dating back to last season and in some cases, the last couple of seasons, the Blue Demons have put together various streaks. Listed below are some current active streaks:
• 65-straight victories over unranked non-conference opponents at home
• 63-games with at least one 3-pointer
• 21-game winning streak at McGrath-Phillips Arena --- dates back to Feb. 23, 2010
• Nine-consecutive wins over programs from the State of Illinois
• Nine-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances
• Taking Advantage from Beyond the Arc: Since the start of the 2005-06 season (203 games), the club has knocked down 1,386 (6.8 per game) trifectas compared to just 998 (4.9 per game) for the opposition... DePaul has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in its last 63 games and has tallied a three-pointer in 469 of the last 472 games... DePaul has made 200 or more 3-pointers in 11 of its last 12 seasons... the 2009-10 team tallied 163 to end DePaul's streak at 10 seasons... in 2010-11 DePaul set a school record with 255 3-pointers.
• 16, 3-pointers: DePaul tied a school record with 16, 3-pointers against St. Mary's in its season opener... DePaul also made 16 3-pointers at Seton Hall on Mar. 3, 2008... 16 3-pointers is a new McGrath-Phillips Arena record, the previous best was 15 against Northwestern State on Nov. 22, 2003.
• Ten Plus: DePaul has hit 10 or more 3-pointers in two of its four games... made a school record 16 against St. Mary's and tied for second with 15 against Portland... DePaul is averaging 11.0 triples per game... Anna Martin leads the team with 2.5 3-pointers per game... DePaul is 44-for-113 (.389) from behind the arch this season... season best .417 (16-for-34) effort against St. Mary's to open the season.
• World University Games: Hampton returned from the World University Games a gold medalist after helping the USA Women's team go 6-0 in Shenzhen, China. Hampton played in all eight games averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Hampton became the first women's basketball player in DePaul history to make a USA Basketball roster.
• Consecutive Starts: Keisha Hampton is one of three Division I players to have started 100 or more consecutive games. Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen and Hampton have started 106 striaght. Miami senior Shenise Johnson is third on the list and has started 102 straight games.
• 26 and Counting: Coach Doug Bruno begins his 26th season at the helm of the Blue Demon women's program. Bruno has tallied 490 collegiate wins at DePaul and has 530 in his 27 seasons of coaching women's collegiate and professional basketball.
• On Track for 1,000: Anna Martin is on track to become DePaul's 27th 1,000 point scorer. The junior has 818 career points... she is averaging a team-high 20.8 points this season while she her career average stands at 11.2 since arriving in Lincoln Park in 2009... reached double digits in 44 of her 73 games (60%).
• Climbing in the record book: Keisha Hampton became DePaul's 24th 1,000 point scorer in 2010-11..this season, Hampton has scored 77 points for 1,452 points in her career which ranks 13th in DePaul's record book... needs 100 points to tie DePaul Athletics Hall of Famer, Melanee Ehrhardt (1086-90) who scored 1,552 points in her career...Diana Vines (1985-89) holds DePaul's school record with 2,504 career points.
• Get that out of here: Katherine Harry has 99 career blocks which ranks sixth on DePaul's All-Time list... needs 18 blocks to tie Dianna Vines for fifth... during her career, Harry has averaged 1.36 blocks per game and has a career-best five blocks against Valparaiso on Nov. 12, 2010... tallied three or more blocks in 12 career games.
• New Faces: DePaul welcomes Chanise Jenkins, Alexa Gallagher, Brittany Hrynko, Megan Rogowski, Karima Gabriel while sophomore transfer Kelsey Reynolds is available for action after sitting out last season due to the NCAA transfer guidelines.