Women's Hoops Make First Television Appearance Against No. 8 Iowa State
The DePaul Blue Demons play Iowa State in the second game of the Blimpie Blast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, December 2. Illinois and Northern Iowa open the doubleheader with a 1 p.m. game at the U.S. Cellular Arena. DePaul and Iowa State will tipoff 30 minutes after the end of the first game. Both games of the Blimpie Blast will be televised live on WJYS-TV in Chicago.
Say Hi To Mom
The Blue Demons second television appearance will be Feb. 4 on ESPN2 when DePaul hosts Tulane at the DePaul Athletic Center.
WJYS on Chicago-area Cable Networks
Cable System Channel Prime Cable of Chicago 32 Optel 14 Americast: Suburb 13 Americast: City 13 RCN 18 AT&T: Central Region 17 AT&T: Northern Region 17 AT&T: Southern Region 17 AT&T: Western Region 17 AT&T: Chicago 47 AT&T: Dolton 17 AT&T: Morton Grove 17 AT&T: Elmhurst 17 AT&T: North Cook 17 AT&T: Will County 17 AT&T: Orland Park 18 AT&T: LaGrange 18 AT&T: Matteson 18 AT&T: Elgin 42 AT&T: Aurora 14 AT&T: Lake Zurich 21 AT&T: Libertyville 21 AT&T: Naperville 14 AT&T: Wheaton 13 AT&T: Cook County 16 AT&T: Dupage County 16 AT&T: Batavia 62 AT&T: Campton 62 AT&T: Lisle 62 AT&T: Oak Lawn 62 AT&T: Villa Park 62 AT&T: Alsip 62 AT&T: Northwest Cook 33 AT&T: Northeast Illinois 3 AT&T: Carpentersville 22 AT&T: Gary, Indiana 31 AT&T: Glenview, Golf, Northbrook 33 AT&T: Great Lakes 18 AT&T: Markham/Harvey 15 AT&T: Oak Forest 15 AT&T: South Holland 15 AT&T: Bartlett 33 AT&T: Hanover Park 33 AT&T: Lake County 18 AT&T: Lake Forest 18
C-USA Preseason Coach's Poll American Division National Division 1. DePaul 1. Tulane 2. Marquette 2. UAB 3. Cincinnati 3. Memphis 4. Charlotte 4. Southern Miss 5. Louisville 5. Houston 6. Saint Louis 6. South Florida
Preseason All-Conference Team
Playing the Top 10
Under Doug Bruno, DePaul has knocked off a top 10-ranked team three times. The Blue Demons defeated third-ranked Louisiana Tech, 70-67, on Dec. 14, 1996. On Jan. 30, 1996, DePaul defeated sixth-ranked Vanderbilt, 76-61. The first win came against Lisa Leslie and sixth-ranked USC on Dec. 5, 1992 by the score of 62-54. All three wins came at Alumni Hall.
Looking At Iowa State
Junior Angie Welle leads three players averaging double-figures for the Cyclones. Welle averages 18.0 points per game, followed by Tracy Gahan at 14.3 ppg and Megan Taylor at 14.0 ppg. Welle and Gahan average 12.7 and 10.7 rebounds per game, respectively.
Head coach Bill Fennelly is in his sixth year in Ames after coaching at Toledo from 1988-94. He owns a career record of 280-97 (.743) and a 114-44 (.722) mark at Iowa State.
Doug Bruno and Bill Fennelly have met once when Fennelly was coaching at Toledo. Bruno and the Blue Demons lost to Fennelly and the Rockets, 57-55, on Dec. 17, 1989.
The Moran Realty Classic
Since 1997, Moran Realty has sponsored the four-team invitational. Georgetown defeated Marist in Friday's first game, 74-50. The second matchup saw the Blue Demons win, 103-47, against Morgan State.
The Red Foxes came back to win Saturday's consolation game, 70-64, over Morgan State. In the championship game, Georgetown held off DePaul, 73-70, in overtime.
2000 Moran Realty Classic
Saturday, November 25
DePaul 103, Morgan State 47
Lenae Williams dropped in 22 points for the second consecutive game while Candis Blankson added 19 points and seven rebounds.
DePaul jumped out quickly to leads of 14-2 with just under 13 minutes and 25-4 at 7:57 left in the half. Williams scored 11 of DePaul first 14 points.
Besides Blankson and Williams, Yolanda Lewis added 15 points and Sarah Kustok tallied 10. Briana Fitzgerald grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Georgetown 73, DePaul 70 (ot)
DePaul overcame a six-point halftime deficit to force Georgetown to overtime on a Lenae Williams three-pointer with eight seconds remaining. Williams provided the offensive fireworks for the second consecutive night. The junior forward led all scorers with 29 points including 16 of the team's last 20 points in regulation. Briana Fitzgerald recorded 17 points in the championship match, while pulling down seven rebounds and Jamie Lewis 13 points with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Giving to Charity
However, against Georgetown, DePaul made only 18-31 free throws in the three-point loss.
As a team, the Blue Demons are 62-of-85 (.729) from the free throw line.
Lenae Williams has not missed a free throw since the first half of DePaul's game against South Florida in last year's Conference USA Tournament. She has made 25 straight free shots, including a perfect 16-for-16 this season.
In The Classroom
Individually, Stacy Krumrei, Jamie Smith and Molly Watson received the Conference USA Academic Medal of Honor for having a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. Those three were joined on the league's Academic Honor Roll by Sylvia Blakeslee, Candis Blankson, Yolanda Lewis, Jeanene Novick and Laura Sobieszczyk.
What's Back This Year
The 11 returning players accounted for just over 90 percent of the scoring last year. The top eight scorers are back and seven returners played in at least 28 of DePaul's 30 games last year.
New Places, New Faces
During the summer, Andre Wakefield and Maggie Dixon joined the DePaul coaching staff. Wakefield, a former Loyola-Chicago and NBA player, returns to collegiate basketball for the first time since coaching at his alma mater from 1980-89. Maggie Dixon, the director of basketball operations, comes to Chicago after playing at the University of San Diego from 1995-99.
DePaul started the season in Knoxville and travels to Purdue and plays Iowa State in Cedar Rapids. The Blue Demons will make their first appearance at the United Center in Chicago when they play Illinois.
2000-01 Opponents in the Polls Opponent AP ESPN/USA Today Tennessee 2 2 Purdue 6 5 Iowa State 8 11 Illinois 24 24 AP Votes: UAB, Memphis, Tulane ESPN/USA Today Votes: Memphis, UAB, Southern Miss, Tulane
Returning To The Dance
DePaul leads Conference USA programs with 12 postseason tournament appearances (7 NCAA and 5 WNIT). Since Doug Bruno's return to DePaul in 1988-89, the Blue Demons have played extra basketball nine times.
The duo of Lenae Williams and Molly Watson combined to knock down 143 of the team's 223 three-point baskets last season.