DePaul vs. Georgia Tech Game Preview

MINNEAPOLIS - The DePaul Blue Demons return to the NCAA Championship for the fifth straight season and 12th time in the program's 33 years. The 10th-seeded Blue Demons take on seventh-seeded Georgia Tech in the first round of the Dallas Regional. A win over Georgia Tech moves DePaul into the second round against the winner of the No. 2 Purdue-No. 15 Oral Roberts matchup on Monday night.

The Blue Demons and Yellow Jackets tangle at 7:22 on Saturday followed by the Boilermakers and Golden Eagles.

The University of Minnesota is the host of the Minneapolis First and Second Rounds at Williams Arena. All eight teams in Minneapolis are in the Dallas Region with Monday's winners meeting at Reunion Arena in the Sweet 16 on Mar. 25. Joining DePaul, Georgia Tech, Oral Roberts and Purdue are No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 11 Washington and No. 14 Belmont. Georgia takes on Belmont while Iowa State plays Washington on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Demons head into the tournament at 19-12 overall while Georgia Tech stands at 20-11. For the fifth consecutive year, all 63 games of the NCAA Championship will be broadcasted live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The DePaul-Georgia Tech matchup will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday night with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (color) calling all the action from Williams Arena with Stephanie Ready on the sidelines.

NCAA Championship Notes: DePaul is one of eight BIG EAST programs in the field of 64... the conference led all leagues with team earning bids... the BIG EAST was followed by the ACC and Big 12 with six teams each... the program is 7-11 (.389) all-time in NCAA Championship play... DePaul is one of 14 programs that have reached postseason play in at least 16 of the last 19 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 Blue Demons' five straight NCAA appearances put them among 19 programs nationally with NCAA tourney consistency... DePaul's 12-player roster features a combined 34 games of NCAA Championship experience... senior Jenna Rubino has played in seven NCAA games in three previous tournaments followed by five games each for juniors Erin Carney, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith in the last two tournaments.

Sizing Up the Field: DePaul is 4-9 in 13 games this season against 10 NCAA Championship opponents. The Blue Demons posted wins over Notre Dame (twice), Rutgers and UW-Green Bay. DePaul was defeated by Connecticut, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, TCU and West Virginia.

Of the three potential opponents in Minneapolis, DePaul has never faced Georgia Tech or Oral Roberts. A potential second-round meeting with Purdue would be the 13th all-time meeting and mark the third straight season with a game between the two programs. The series stands at 6-6 with Purdue claiming a 69-61 victory in West Lafayette on Dec. 9, 2004 followed by a 65-54 win for DePaul in Chicago on Dec. 3, 2005.

Four Going on Five: With Saturday's game in Minneapolis, DePaul has tallied five straight NCAA Championship appearances. A win over the Georgia Tech would also clinch the program's fifth straight year with at least 20 victories. Last season saw the Blue Demons reach the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the first time in school history. In the 33rd season in school history, DePaul has totaled 12 NCAA Championship appearances and 15 campaigns of at least 20 wins. A 20-win season in 2006-07 will match the program's longest streak of five consecutive years of 20 victories set from 1985-90.

Noting the Blue Demons: Doug Bruno has used 10 different starting lineups this season... only Jenna Rubino, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith have started every game... with 245 three-pointers, DePaul has made at least 200 three's in a season in eight straight years... the 2002-03 squad held the previous program record with 233 three's in a season... in the 13 of the 19 wins, opponents have scored less than 70 points... since the start of the 2003-04 season (126 games), the Blue Demons have held 64.3 percent of their opponents to less than 70 points (81-of-126)... in that span, DePaul is 73-8 (.901) when holding opponents to less than 70 points... in 2006-07, the Blue Demons are 6-10 when allowing more than 70 points and 13-2 when holding the opposition to less than 70... at least four players have scored in double-figures in 16 games this season... in two games, at least three players have grabbed at least 10 rebounds (at UW-Green Bay and at Illinois-Chicago)... Allie Quigley (23 pts./10 reb.), Jenna Rubino (11 pts./15 reb.) Caprice Smith (16 pts./11 reb.) each recorded a double-double on Dec. 17 at Illinois-Chicago... DePaul has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in a game on seven occasions... the 2005-06 squad combined for at least 10 three's in three games... in the last two-plus seasons, the Blue Demons are 72-24 (.750)... in the last 37 home games against conference opponents, DePaul has posted 34 victories (.919 winning pct.)... the 2005-06 season was the first year that DePaul didn't score 100 points in a game since the 1999-00 season... over the last six-plus seasons (219 games), DePaul has scored at least 80 points in 77 games... the Blue Demons hold a 73-4 (.948) record in those games... Pittsburgh handed DePaul its first loss this season when scoring at least 80... the Panthers topped the Blue Demons, 87-80, on Feb. 24 at the Petersen Events Center... in the 33rd season of play at DePaul, the women's basketball program is 590-350 (.628).

First Round Opponent - No. 7 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Georgia Tech enters the NCAA Championship with a 20-11 overall record and 9-5 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Yellow Jackets stand as the No. 7 seed in the Dallas Region and hold a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. Georgia Tech is making its third NCAA Championship appearance and first since the 2003 tournament. They closed the regular season with five straight wins before knocking off Miami and falling to Maryland in the ACC Championship. Stephanie Higgs leads three players averaging in double-figures with 15.5 points per game. She is followed by Janie Mitchell with 14.5 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest. Chioma Nnamaka rounds out the double-figure scoring with 13.0 points per game. Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her fourth season as at Georgia Tech and holds a 61-55 record with the Yellow Jackets.

The Series: Saturday is the first meeting between the two programs.

Common Opponents: The two teams played just one common opponent in the Northwestern Wildcats. Both schools defeated Northwestern in a span of six days in December. The Blue Demons posted a 74-66 victory at McGrath Arena on Dec. 13. Georgia Tech followed suit and knocked off the Wildcats in Evanston, 82-68, on Dec. 18.

Against the ACC: The Blue Demons are 4-8 all-time against opponents from the current line-up of Atlantic Coast Conference programs. DePaul's last ACC game was also in the first round of a NCAA Championship as the Blue Demons defeated 12th-seeded Virginia Tech in the 2005 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md. DePaul, as the No. 5 seed, held off the 12th-seeded Hokies, 79-78, in the Chattanooga Region.

Taking Advantage from Beyond the Arc: Since the start of the 2003-04 season, the club has knocked down 898 trifectas compared to just 533 for the opposition. Including this season, the team has totaled at least 200 three-pointers in each of the last eight seasons. With a 0-for-8 showing against Houston on Feb. 11, 2005, DePaul's streak of games with a three-pointer ended at 259 games. At the time, it was the nation's seventh-longest active streak. Including the Houston game, the Blue Demons have tallied a three-pointer in 332 of the last 333 games.

In 31 games this season, the Blue Demons have outscored their opponents by 264 points from three-point range (8.5 ppg). DePaul is 245-709 (.346) from behind the arc while opponents are a combined 157-522 (.301). The squad averages 7.9 three's per game while the opposition makes 5.1 treys per contest. The trio of Missy Mitidiero, Allie Quigley and Jenna Rubino have combined for 164 three's this season - seven more than the 157 for all of DePaul's opponents combined. With each player knocking down at least 50 three-pointers this season, DePaul is the nation's only school featuring three players with 50-plus trifectas.

At Oklahoma in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic, the Blue Demons used the experimental three-point distance of 20'6". DePaul went 8-for-28 (.286) as a team. The Blue Demons have played in two events in the last two seasons where the experimental distance was used. At the 2005 Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, the team posted a combined .306 percentage from behind the extended arc on 15-of-49 shooting in the three games.

BIG EAST Honor Roll: Jenna Rubino earned a pair of the BIG EAST's major individual awards at the conference awards banquet prior to the league tournament. She was named the BIG EAST/Aeropostale Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also earned the Sportsmanship Award. Allie Quigley picked up second team All-BIG EAST honors while Caprice Smith received honorable mention recognition.

The prestigious BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete award was determined by the league's Academic Affairs Committee and Rubino receives a $2,000 scholarship which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.

Quigley earns second team All-BIG EAST honors for the second straight year while Smith picks up her first career all-conference recognition. Louisville's Angel McCoughtry was named the Player of the Year while Tina Charles off Connecticut was tabbed as Freshman of the Year. Marquette's Terri Mitchell was picked by her peers as the Coach of the Year and Essence Carson of Rutgers earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Shavonte Zellous of Pittsburgh was named the Most Improved Player and Rubino received the Sportsmanship Award and BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete Award.

Streaking: Dating back to last season and in some cases, the last couple of seasons, the Blue Demons have put together various streaks. Listed below are some current active streaks heading into the NCAA Championship:

- 73 consecutive games with a three-pointer

- 23 straight wins against opponents from Illinois, 37 of the last 38, and 44 wins in the last 46 games

- five straight NCAA Championship appearances

- four 20-win seasons in-a-row

- 96 consecutive starts for Jenna Rubino and 87 in-a-row for Allie Quigley

Statistically Speaking: Through games of Mar. 11, DePaul ranks among the BIG EAST's top five in nine of 19 categories. The Blue Demons lead the league in three-point field goals per game (7.90) and are ranked second in scoring offense (73.9), free throw percentage (.756), three-point field goal percentage (.346) and assists (17.13 apg). Individually, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith are ranked among league leaders in five categories. The Blue Demons also sport three of the league's top 30 scorers with Quigley at 10th (15.8 ppg), Smith at 13th (15.6 ppg) and Jenna Rubino ranked 26th (12.6 ppg).

Through games of Mar. 11 in the NCAA statistics, DePaul is among the nation's top 25 teams in four categories. The Blue Demons are sixth in three-point field goals per game, 10th in assists per game, 18th in scoring offense and 21st in free throw percentage. Smith is 61st nationally in free throw percentage, 70th in field goal percentage and 72nd in rebounds per game. Quigley follows Smith on the free throw chart at No. 80 among all NCAA Division I players.

Sister Act: The DePaul roster features two sets of sisters in 2006-07. Sam Quigley joins the program this season for the roster's second Quigley. Senior Rachael Carney and junior Erin Carney are in their second season together while Sam and junior Allie Quigley are playing together at the collegiate level for the first time. The two duos on the DePaul roster are two of 21 sets of sisters playing on a NCAA Division I team this season. DePaul is the only team in the country with two sets of sisters on the roster.

1K Club: Allie Quigley and Jenna Rubino have become the newest members of DePaul's 1,000-point club. Quigley passed the mark against Northern Illinois on Nov. 25 while Rubino eclipsed 1,000 points at Detroit on Dec. 15. Quigley enters the NCAA Championship with 1,402 points for 13th all-time. Jenna Rubino stands in 14th with 1,280 points in 124 career games. The duo also ranks among the top five fastest players in DePaul history to reach 100 career three-pointers. Quigley hit her 100th career three-pointer in her 44th career game to rank third while Rubino knocked down her 100th three in the 80th game to rank as the fifth-fastest player to 100 trifectas. Following Quigley and Rubino, the next Blue Demon on the 1,000-point horizon is junior Caprice Smith with 978 career points.

No. 10 DePaul (19-12) vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech (20-11)

2007 NCAA Championship First Round

Mar. 17, 2007 | 7:22 p.m.

Williams Arena | Minneapolis, Minn.

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