Blue Demons Host No 2. Lady Vols
DePaul (6-4) vs. No. 2 Tennessee (7-0)
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Nothing But the Best
Tonight's opponent, Tennessee, enters the game undefeated with a 7-0 record following their 68-62 win at Stanford on Sunday. The Blue Demons stand at 6-4 and have dropped two straight games to teams in the top 25.
Following the Tennessee game, the Blue Demons go on the road for five straight games. The next contest at the DePaul Athletic Center will be Jan. 18 when the Memphis Tigers come to Chicago.
Making Some National Noise
Williams' 41-point outburst at No. 6 Iowa State on Nov. 21 is tied for the single-game high this season with George Mason's Laura Kooij and Tennessee Tech's Janet Holt. Her 39-point total against Illinois on Dec. 4 is the second-highest total this season along with Austin Peay's Brooke Armistead and Mississippi State's Latoya Thomas.
Her eight three's at Iowa State is tied for the nation's single-game high with five other players. She is also ranked 10th in the country with 3.2 three-pointers per game. She has dropped in 32 in DePaul's 10 games this season.
As a team, the Blue Demons are seventh with 8.1 three's per game and 34th with a .382 team three-point field goal percentage.
The Friendly Confines
This season opened with a pair of victories in the Moran Realty Classic followed by wins over Toledo and Illinois. A year ago, DePaul was 12-2 with both loses coming in overtime games. The lone loss this season came Monday night against No. 7 Purdue. That loss also snapped the Blue Demons' 11-game DePaul Athletic Center winning streak.
In Conference USA action, Memphis, Saint Louis, Southern Miss and Tulane come to Chicago in January. February home games include Cincinnati, Louisville and Marquette. The 2002 Conference USA Tournament will be at the DePaul Athletic Center, Mar. 1-4.
Looking at the Blue Demons
The Tennessee Series
Second-ranked Tennessee enters tonight's contest with a 7-0 record. They have been second behind Connecticut since the beginning of the season. Through seven games, the Lady Vols are winning by an average of 25.4 points per game.
Head coach Pat Summitt is in her 28th season with Tennessee and has led the Lady Vols to six NCAA Championships. Michelle Snow leads three players in double-figures with 15.0 points per game. She is followed by Kara Lawson with 14.6 points and Gwen Jackson with 11.4 points per game. Jackson leads the club with 7.6 rebounds per contest while Snow averages 6.7 boards per game.
Lenae Williams Picks Up C-USA Honor
12 Straight Against the State
DePaul's last loss came on Dec. 10, 1999, when Illinois posted a 74-64 win over the Blue Demons in Champaign.
In addition to winning 12 consecutive games, DePaul has also won 19 of the last 20 contests with state schools. Over the stretch of 20 games, DePaul has defeated Loyola four times and Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern and Northern Illinois three times each. They have also knocked off Southern Ilinois twice and Chicago State once.
Senior forward Lenae Williams was one of six players named preseason All-Conference USA. She alse earned the honor prior to last seaason.
2001-02 C-USA Preseason Poll
Preseason All-Conference Team
Strength of Schedule
The current top 25's have a DePaul flavor as four opponents from the latest AP and USA Today/ESPN polls are featured. A total of 10 opponents are either ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll or receiving votes for the top 25.
Giving to Charity
Last season, the Blue Demons led Conference USA with a .716 overall mark from the free throw line. In league play, DePaul shot .733 and were 241-326 (.739) over their last 19 games. Williams ranked second in the league with an .827 (86-104) percentage from the stripe.
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