12th Straight NCAA Bid for DePaul Women

CHICAGO - On November 8, 2013, the DePaul women's basketball team entered a lottery consisting of 349 contestants. It was not until March 11, 2014, that they learned they had a winning ticket. On Monday night the team learned when and where they would go to cash in their winning ticket.

No. 7 seed DePaul (27-6, 18-3 Big East) will play No. 10 seed Oklahoma (18-14, 9-10 Big 12) in the Lincoln Regional this Saturday in Durham, NC, at 12:30 CST. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

The two teams have faced each other one time, in 2006, with Oklahoma winning 105-71. The Blue Demons are 2-1 all-time in the tournament versus the No. 10 seed.

The Blue Demons, winners of 16 of their last 17 games, face a Sooners squad that reached the WNIT title game this year. DePaul and Oklahoma are two of just nine schools that have qualified for the NCAA Tournament the past 12 years.

DePaul finished No. 5 in the country in scoring at 83.4 ppg, No. 3 in the country at 20.1 apg, and No. 2 in the country at 12.0 spg.

DePaul lost to Oklahoma State in last year's NCAA first round, also at Durham.

The Blue Demons are led by Jasmine Penny (15.8 pg), Megan Rogowski (15.3 ppg), Brittany Hrynko (12.5 ppg and a team-high 187 assists), Chanise Jenkins (10.8 ppg), Jessica January (9.2 ppg), and Megan Podkowa (9.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg).

Jenkins said the key for DePaul to be successful in this year's NCAA Tournament is to do what Bruno has told his team to do all year: rebound, defend, and play intelligently.

The Sooners reached the NCAA title game in 2001 and the Final Four in 2008 and 2009. Sherri Coale has been head coach at the school for 18 years.

Oklahoma placed four players on this year's All-Big 12 squad. The Sooners are led by Aaryn Ellenberg, who averages 18.7 ppg and was the No. 2 scorer in the Big 12 this year. The other selections were guard Morgan Hook (11.3 ppg and 5.0 apg), six foot-six inch center Nicole Griffin (10.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg) and Sharane Campbell (12.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg).

"This is a very good Oklahoma team, and they pushed [Top 10 ranked] Louisville, so it is a strong, well-coached ball club," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.

Jenkins said the Bruno has told the team "to stay excited, to be in the moment, and to take advantage of it."

With the lottery over, the playing now begins.


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