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Blue Demons Prep for Top 25 Showdown at Notre Dame

Nov. 25, 2013

DePaul at Notre Dame

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 25 DePaul women's basketball team returns to action at No. 5/6 Notre Dame on Tuesday at Purcell Pavilion.  Tabbed as DePaul's first top 25 showdown of the season, the Blue Demons and Irish tip at 7 p.m. (ET).  

The game can be heard live on DePaul's BlueTube with Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw calling the action courtside.  Gametracker is also available while in-game scoring and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/depaulwbbsid.

With both teams entering the contest undefeated, the game promises to be entertaining as both teams average more than 85 points per game.  In the national rankings released on Monday, DePaul's 89.0 points per game ranks 13th in the country, while Notre Dame's 88.0 ranks 16th.  

With both offenses running on all cylinders, DePaul and the Irish are two of the top assist distributors in the country.  DePaul is dishing out 20.7 assists per game and the Irish stand at 23.8.  

Coming into the game, Chanise Jenkins ranks second in the country and tops in the BIG EAST with a remarkable 6.5 assist to turnover ratio.  The sophomore, who is starting her 37th consecutive game on Tuesday, has 13 assists and just two turnovers this season. Brittany Hrynko leads the Blue Demons with 5.0 assists per game and has 15 total in three games this season.  Hrynko and Jenkins have combined for 28 of DePaul's 62 (45.2%) assists thus far.

Jasmine Penny, who was named to her second consecutive BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, leads DePaul's offensive attack and ranks sixth in the BIG EAST with 17.3 points per game.  The senior, from Logansport, Ind., leads the BIG EAST with her .704 (19-for-27) field goal percentage, which also ranks fourth in Division I.

Rounding out DePaul's double-digit scorers are - Hrynko (16.3) and Megan Rogowski (11.0).  Hrynko, who was named to the Naismith early season watch list on Monday, has reached double-digits in each of DePaul's three contests and leads the BIG EAST with 3.7 steals per game.

DePaul (3-0) enters its game with the Irish after an eight-day break to take final exams.  The Blue Demons' last hit the hardwood on Nov. 18, when they defeated Illinois State, 80-67 in Lincoln Park.  Tuesday's game is the first road contest for DePaul and it begins a stretch of two consecutive road contests.  The Blue Demons head to the northern suburb of Evanston for a 2 p.m. contest on Dec. 1 against its rival Northwestern.

Notre Dame (4-0) enters the contest having won four straight, including three on their home court.  The Irish are coming off a 76-54 victory at Penn and we led by Kayla McBride's 15 points and nine rebounds on Nov. 23.  On the year, Jewell Loyd leads Notre Dame and five other players in double-figures with 18.8 points per game.

Tuesday's game marks the 39th overall meeting between the two teams; but the 20th as non-conference opponents.  From the 2005-06 season until the end of last season, the Blue Demons and Irish were league foes in the BIG EAST. Notre Dame moved to the ACC this season.  As members of the BIG EAST, Notre Dame posted a 10-5 series advantage.  In non-conference games, DePaul leads the all-time series 11-8.