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18 November, 2014 at 1:16 am in Computer
– The Blue Demons are exchanging their usual home court of McGrath-Phillips Arena in Lincoln Park to lead off a doubleheader event Tuesday Hypervenom Phantom evening at the Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont near O’Hare Airport.
The women’s basketball team led by illustrious coach Doug Bruno in his 29th season at the helm will take on Bradley at 5:30 p.m. looking to improve upon its 2-1 record. After that game, the DePaul men’s basketball team is scheduled to face Drake at 8 p.m.
Tuesday’s game marks a renewal of a series between these intra-state rivals that began back in December of 1978 when the Blue Demons topped the Braves 90-67 at DePaul. It was 10 years later that the two teams met with DePaul again victorious 83-65 at Alumni Hall.
The Blue Demons’ first trip to Bradley in December of 1988 didn’t end so well as the home team came away with a 72-63 victory. Round four took place back in December of 1990 in Lincoln Park with DePaul cruising to an 80-60 triumph.
One year later in downstate Peoria, Bradley came out on top 69-59. Last December, DePaul went back to Peoria and emerged with its first road win of the rivalry, 91-67. The Blue Demons lead the series 4-2.
DePaul comes into Tuesday’s game outscoring its opponents 86.0-68.3 points per game. The Blue Demons hold a 54-34 advantage in assists and are outrebounding teams 129-127. They have forced nearly 30 turnovers per game in the early season.
Jessica January leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game followed by Brittany Hrynko at 15.3 points. Megan Rogowski is averaging 12.3 and Megan Podkowa 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. Chanise Jenkins leads the team in assists with 17 and Brooke Schulte is the top rebounder at 5.3 per game.
So far, DePaul has outshot opponents .450-.407 from the field and .333-.318 from three-point range. At the free throw line, the Blue Demons Tiempo Legend V FG are converting at a .651 percent clip compared to .613 for the opposition.
Bradley comes into Allstate Arena 0-1 after a 71-43 loss to Illinois-Chicago. Tanya Sims led the Braves with 12 points and six rebounds and was the only Bradley player to reach double figures. Bradley shot 28.9 percent from the floor and went 1-of-14 from beyond the arc. UIC outrebounded Bradley 53-30 and outscored the Braves 43-19 in the second half. Bradley committed 26 turnovers.
The Braves will have a new look in 2014-15 with the team returning just three letter-winners from last year’s squad in addition to welcoming nine newcomers this season.
Senior Michelle Young was an honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference pick last year after she was seventh in the Valley in scoring with a 14.3 points-per-game average for the highest scoring average by a Brave since 2001-02. Young, who led the MVC in free throws made with 137 as a junior, was the fifth player in program history with 400 points and 55 or more steals in a season. She is the only senior and one of just three upperclassmen on a roster which features six freshmen.
Junior guard Fantasia Vine was the most accurate three-point shooter on the team last season, making 36 percent of her shots from beyond the arc. Vine started 15 of 28 games and averaged 8.1 points per outing as a sophomore.
Sophomore Leti Lerma was named to the MVC’s All-Freshman team after a late-season surge which saw her average 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in league play. Lerma started the final 11 games of the year and averaged 9.3 points and 7.9 boards per contest over the final seven outings.
Maggie Dixon Classic: DePaul fell to No. 5 Texas A&M 76-68 in the opener of the Maggie Dixon Classic despite a career-high 24 points from all-tournament selection January and 19 points from Hrynko… the game was tied 66-66 with less than three minutes remaining when the Aggies closed out on a 10-2 run… tournament MVP Courtney Walker led all scorers with 26 points… the Blue Demon pressure forced Texas A&M into 25 turnovers… DePaul bounced back with a 93-70 triumph over Texas-Pan American behind five players in double figures… all-tournament choice Podkowa led the way with 20 points and seven boards… Schulte finished with 14 points and six rebounds… the Blue Demons seized a 53-37 halftime lead and never looked back… in the Classic finale, DePaul ran past New Mexico 97-59 and forced the Lobos into 39 turnovers that led to 51 points… Hrynko had 19 points, Megan Rogowski came away with 17 points and five 3-pointers while January scored 15 and Podkowa 13.
2014-15 Honors: Jessica January was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll on Nov. 17, signifying that she had one of the top seven performances of the week… January led the Blue Demons to a 2-1 record and second place in last weekend’s Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena… she scored a career-high 24 points in 27 minutes during Friday night’s 76-68 loss to No. 5/5 Texas A&M, helping bring the Blue Demons even at 66-66 with less than three minutes to go… she was a big part of the Blue Demon pressure defense that forced 25 Aggie turnovers… January had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes as No. 18/18 DePaul ran past Texas-Pan American 93-70 24 on Saturday night… playing her third game in three days, the sophomore guard came away with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 21 minutes of a 97-59 triumph over New Mexico on Sunday… she keyed a pressure defense that forced 39 turnovers and was named to the all-tournament team… as the team’s sixth Hypervenom Phantom FG man last season, January was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Dec. 23, 2013 and Feb. 21, 2014 and was chosen for the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team... this is her first selection to the league’s Honor Roll.
Preseason Honors: Coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, DePaul was unanimously selected to repeat as BIG EAST champions based on the 2014-15 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll... the reigning tournament and regular-season league champion, who return four starters from that squad, collected all nine available first-place votes... DePaul welcomes back four starters including All-America Honorable Mention senior guard Hrynko, a BIG EAST Player of the Year contender, and Rogowski, the conference’s most accurate three-point shooter... Hrynko and Rogowski were selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul is 757-421 (.643) all-time... the 2014-15 campaign is the 40th season of women’s basketball at DePaul University... DePaul scored 80 or more points in 21 of its 36 games last season... DePaul is 342-29 (.923) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul is 140-5 (.966) when scoring 90 or more points and has won its last 64 games when scoring 90-plus points... DePaul is 178-28 (.864) at McGrath-Phillips Arena and boasts a 446-113 (.798) all-time record on its home court... since the 2002-03 season (400 games) DePaul is 286-114... since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06, DePaul is 94-55 (.631) in regular-season conference games and is 57-16 (.781) in league games played at McGrath-Phillips Arena... including BIG EAST Championship games, DePaul is 102-61 (.626) overall against BIG EAST opponents.
600 Career Coaching Wins: DePaul head coach Doug Bruno notched his 600th career-coaching victory with DePaul’s 74-65 win at Duke on Mar. 24... the win was Bruno’s 560th all-time at DePaul and coupled with his 40 Messi soccer shoes wins when he was the head coach for the Chicago Hustle -- Chicago’s WBL team -- Bruno reached the coaching milestone... Bruno has been at the helm of the Blue Demon program for 28 seasons and spent two seasons with the Chicago Hustle. This is his 29th year in Lincoln Park.