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DePaul Hosts No. 5/6 Kentucky on Thursday

Dec. 11, 2013

DePaul vs. Kentucky

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TV: Fox Sports 1 - LaChina Robinson & Tiffany Greene
BlueTube: Audio | Gametracker | @DePaulWBBSID

CHICAGO - The DePaul women's basketball team faces its second top 10 team of the season when it welcomes No. 5/6 Kentucky to McGrath-Phillips Arena for a 6 p.m. showdown.  The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with LaChina Robinson and Tiffany Greene calling the actions courtside.  The game is part of a Fox Sports 1/DePaul basketball doubleheader, with the Blue Demon men taking on Florida Atlantic at 8 p.m. at Allstate Arena.

Thursday's women's game can also be heard on DePaul's BlueTube with Matt Rodewald and Trish Babcock McGraw on the call.  Gametracker is also available while in-game scoring and notes can be followed at twitter.com/DePaulWBBSID.

McGrath-Phillips Arena has proved to be one of the toughest venues in the country with DePaul boasting a 167 wins in the arena's 192 games.  The arena opened its doors for the 2000-01 season and DePaul has hosted 26 top 25 opponents since.  The Blue Demons boast a 13-13 record in those games and have won seven of their last nine contests dating back to the 2010-11 season.  Of the 26 ranked games, seven have been against non-conference opponents with DePaul posting a 4-3 record in those contests.

This season, Kentucky (9-0) is the first ranked opponent to visit Lincoln Park, but marks the second on DePaul's tough non-conference schedule.  The Blue Demons played at then-No. 5/6 Notre Dame on Nov. 26 and fell to the Irish, 92-76.  

DePaul (4-2) is coming off an impressive 93-55 win over Loyola on Dec. 7.  Jasmine Penny led five Blue Demons in double figures with 19 points, while Centrese McGee came off the bench to lead DePaul on the boards with seven rebounds.  Chanise Jenkins, who enters Thursday's game ranked 10th in Division I with a 3.88 assist-to-turnover ratio, tied a career-high with 10 assists against the Ramblers.

For the year, Megan Rogowski leads four Blue Demons in double-figures with 14.3 points per game.  The junior leads the BIG EAST with 3.33 triples per game and is shooting .465 from behind the arc this season.  Her three-plus triples per game ranks 12th in Division I, while her 3-point field goal percentage ranks 22nd. Penny (14.2), Megan Podkowa (12.8) and Brittany Hrynko (12.0) round out DePaul's double-digits scorers and help the Blue Demons to average 85.8 points per game.

Kentucky comes to Lincoln Park as one of 18 unbeaten teams in Division I.  The Wildcats are coming off a 133-130, four-overtime win against Baylor on Dec. 6 at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.  Jennifer O'Neill was named the National Player of the Week by ESPNW, USBWA, College Sports Madness and was tabbed the SEC Player of the Week after scoring a career-best 43 points in Kentucky's win.

For the year, O'Neill paces Kentucky's offense - that is averaging 98.8 points per game - with 14.7 points.  Kastine Evans (12.3), Janee Thompson (10.9), Bria Goss (10.3) and Samarie Walker (10.0) are also averaging double-figures.  

Thursday's game marks the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs, but the first in Lincoln Park.  Kentucky played DePaul in 1983, but that game was played in Rosemont at the then-Rosemont Horizon.  The following season, DePaul played in Lexington, before the series was revived in 2012.  Last season, Kentucky defeated the Blue Demons, 96-64 at Rupp Arena.

The DePaul/Kentucky game will also be a homecoming for Kentucky's Thompson and Harper, who were both standouts at Chicago's Whitney Young along with Blue Demon sophomore Jenkins.  

Tickets are still available for Thursday's game and can be purchased on www.DePaulBlueDemons.com  or by calling 773-325-SLAM. Tickets will also be available at the DePaul Ticket Office which is located at 2323 N. Sheffield Ave.  Parking is available at Sheffield Parking Garage which is located just north of McGrath-Phillips Arena at 2335 N. Sheffield Ave. 

The Last Meeting
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DePaul Falls at No. 7/6 Kentucky
Despite double-figure scoring performances from Jasmine Penny, Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko the DePaul women's basketball team dropped a 96-64 contest at No. 7/6 Kentucky on Friday. The Blue Demons return to Lincoln Park and host Milwaukee for a Noon game Tuesday, Dec. 11.