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Blue Demons and Flames Play on Sunday at UIC

#17/18 DePaul (8-1) at Illinois-Chicago (5-5)
Dec. 17, 2006 | 4 p.m.
UIC Pavilion | Chicago, Ill.

Game Notes: DePaul  | Opponent Information: Illinois-Chicago
Internet Audio: DePaul | Internet Video: Horizon League Network | Live Stats: Gametracker

CHICAGO - DePaul plays the second of six straight road games to finish the 2006 calendar at Illinois-Chicago on Sunday night. The game also marks the second of a three-game swing for the Blue Demons against Horizon League programs. The run started with an 81-57 win at Detroit on Friday and concludes on Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago at the San Juan Shootout. DePaul has claimed 24 straight victories over Horizon League schools and holds a 98-30 record all-time.

The Blue Demons enter the game at 8-1 with eight straight wins. DePaul stands at 17th in this week’s AP poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25. UIC is 5-5 overall and not ranked in either poll.

Sunday’s game finishes a run of three games in six days and continues a total of five contests over a nine-day span. The Blue Demons opened the run with wins over Northwestern and Detroit. Following the UIC, DePaul leaves for San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday and plays Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday and TCU on Thursday in the San Juan Shootout.

Noting the Blue Demons: In the last five games, the Blue Demons have knocked down 49 three-pointers... Doug Bruno has used used four different starting lineups this season... only Jenna Rubino, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith have started every game... in the six of the eight wins, opponents have scored less than 70 points... since the start of the 2003-04 season (104 games), the Blue Demons have held 69 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (72-of-104)... in that span, DePaul is 66-6 (.917) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... at least four players have scored in double-figures in four of the nine games this season... DePaul has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in a game on three occasions... the 2005-06 squad combined for at least 10 three’s in three games... the Blue Demons have been ranked in each of the last 60 ESPN/USA Today polls and the last 43 AP top 25’s... in the last two-plus seasons, the Blue Demons are 61-13 (.824)... in the last 30 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 29 victories (.967 winning pct.)... DePaul is one of 19 programs that have reached postseason play in at least 15 of the last 18 seasons... they are also one of 14 teams to reach at least the second round in each of the last three NCAA Championships... joining the Blue Demons on the list of 14 second-round regulars are Baylor, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt... the 2005-06 season was the first year that DePaul didn’t score 100 points in a game since the 1999-00 season... the Blue Demons have won seven consecutive regular-season tournaments... over the last six-plus seasons (197 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 72 games... the Blue Demons hold a 69-3 record in those games... in the 33rd season of play at DePaul, the women’s basketball program is 579-339.

Opponent 10 - Illinois-Chicago Flames: Illinois-Chicago enters Sunday’s game at 5-5 having won two straight home games over Air Force and Bradley. The win over Air Force snapped a four-game losing streak after UIC started the season at 3-1. LaShonda Grant leads the team with 12.1 points while Jacquay Holmes adds 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. The Flames were picked to finish fourth in the preseason Horizon League poll. Head coach Lisa Ryckbosch is in her fourth season at UIC and holds a 67-62 record with the Flames. The former DePaul assistant spent 11 seasons with Doug Bruno and the Blue Demons before taking over the UIC program.

The Series - DePaul leads 32-5: Sunday is the 38th meeting between the two programs with the Blue Demons holding a 32-5 advantage in the series. DePaul has won 30 straight games over the Flames with the last loss to UIC by a 78-75 decision on Jan. 21, 1981, at UIC. Sunday’s game is the third this season against Horizon League opponents with the Blue Demons totaling four games against Horizon programs. UIC is the second of three consecutive Horizon opponents with the 81-57 win at Detroit on Friday and a Wednesday contest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, against Loyola-Chicago. The program has won 24 straight against Horizon League schools with the last loss at UW-Green Bay on Jan. 9, 1996. Overall, the Blue Demons are 98-30 against the current Horizon League lineup.

We're Going Streakin': A win on Sunday at UIC would give the Blue Demons their ninth consecutive victory for one of just 12 streaks in school history with at least nine wins. Last season saw DePaul put together a nine-game winning streak from Dec. 10, 2005-Jan. 14, 2006. The current seven-game run started against Yale on Nov. 17. A Friday victory puts the possible eight-gamer in a tie for the 12th-longest winning streak in school history. A 17-game run from Jan. 11-Mar. 3, 1988 is the longest winning streak in program history.

Against the State: DePaul has seen recent success against opponents from the state of Illinois.  Over the last 35 games against Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Southern Illinois, the Blue Demons have posted 34 victories.  The Wildcats represented the third of six in-state opponents this season.  DePaul knocked off Illinois State to win the DePaul Invitational and topped Northern Illinois on Nov. 25. Remaining Illinois opponents include a Dec. 17 date at Illinois-Chicago, a Dec. 20 game against Loyola-Chicago in Puerto Rico and a Dec. 30 contest at Chicago State.
 DePaul has won 41 of the last 43 games against state opponents and currently holds a 20-game winning streak against Illinois schools.  The last loss to a state program was on Dec. 4, 2002, as Illinois defeated the Blue Demons in Champaign by a 71-67 score.

It Could Happen: A win would give the Blue Demons one of the top four starts in school history through 10 games... a win would be the 25th straight against schools from the Horizon League... a possible win would give the Blue Demons a nine-game winning streak that would be tied for the seventh longest in school history.