Blue Demons Host Northwestern At The DePaul Athletic Center
The DePaul Blue Demons host the Northwestern Wildcats in the third of their three games in seven days. Northwestern is also the first of three straight games for the Blue Demons against teams from the Big Ten Conference. DePaul plays Illinois at the United Center on Dec. 16 and at Purdue on Dec. 21.
Looking at the Blue Demons
Preseason All-Conference USA selection Lenae Williams leads DePaul with 18.2 points per game followed by Candis Blankson (12.3 ppg) and Briana Fitzgerald (8.7 ppg).
Fitzgerald leads DePaul with 34 rebounds in the first six games while Jamie Lewis has pulled down 30 boards.
As a team, the Blue Demons are averaging 74.2 points per game while allowing 68.3 points. They are averaging 17.3 assists per game and just under 10 steals per contest.
DePaul is winning their games by an average of 32 points while on the losing side, the margin is 20.3 points per game.
The Blue Demons need just seven wins for the 450th victory in the program's history. With three more DePaul wins, head coach Doug Bruno will reach the 250-win plateau.
Against the Big Ten
DePaul vs. Big Ten Opponents
Looking at Northwestern
Freshman Emily Butler leads the team with 12.8 points per game followed by sophomore Leslie Dolland at 10.3 ppg. Dolland also leads the Wildcats with 8.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 66.8 points per game while giving up 72.0 ppg.
Head coach June Olkowski is in her second season at Northwestern and owns a career record of 158-162 over 12 seasons. She also had prior stops at Arizona and Butler before moving to Evanston.
Over the Years
Last 10 Meetings
Noting the Blue Demons
C-USA Preseason Coach's Poll
American Division, National Division
Preseason All-Conference Team
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.
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 played Iowa State last Saturday. The Blue Demons travel to Purdue make their first appearance at the United Center in Chicago when they play Illinois.
Five Conference USA opponents are receiving votes in either the AP or ESPN/USA Today poll.
2000-01 Opponents in the Polls
AP Votes: UAB, Southern Miss, Tulane, Memphis, Illinois
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.
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