DePaul Women's Basketball Preview

DePaul and 22nd-year head coach Doug Bruno will shoot for the program's sixth straight NCAA Championship appearance with plenty of ammunition.

Eighty-three percent of the scoring and 86 percent of the rebounding return. DePaul brings back nine players from its 2006-07 roster and has two transfers eligible for play this season.

Last season, the Blue Demons were plagued with injuries. In late January, DPU was playing with just seven players, a combination of one forward and six guards. When healthy, DePaul had put together a 15-4 overall mark dating back to the start of the season and held a 5-3 record to conclude the regular season. Despite the injuries, DePaul qualified for the BIG EAST Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals, and earned its 12th overall berth to the NCAA Championship.

DePaul topped the league in 3-point field goals with a school-record 250 treys. The Blue Demons outscored their opponents by 267 points from 3-point range (8.3 per game). DePaul was 250723 (.346) from behind the arc, while opponents were a combined 161-544 (.296).

Seniors Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith lead the returnees and were the only two Blue Demons who were healthy all of last season. Quigley, a 5-11 guard, led the team with 15.8 points and 100 assists, while Smith, a 6-1 forward, averaged 15.3 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Quigley was an All-BIG EAST Second Team member last season and Smith picked up honorable mention recognition. Quigley became the first player in school history with 1,400 points, 300 assists and 150 3-pointers. She finished her junior season with 1,458 points, 303 assists and 191 3-pointers.

Seniors Erin Carney and Missy Mitidiero, along with sophomore Sam Quigley, each started at least 12 games last season. Mitidiero, a guard, started 22 games and led the team with 61 3-point baskets. The younger Quigley started 14 of the last 16 games of her freshman campaign at guard, while Carney totaled a dozen starts and was second on the team with 7.6 rebounds per game at forward.

Other top returnees include juniors Erin Cattell and Holly Medley, plus sophomore China Threatt. Cattell started seven games last season, while averaging 20.0 minutes and 5.0 points per game at forward. Medley saw action in all 32 games, while Threatt made six starts and averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 assists per game.

Felicia Chester earned a redshirt after her freshman season was cut short at five games due to injury.

DePaul welcomes incoming freshman Taylor Pikes. A local product, the 6-1 Pikes can play both the guard and forward positions. She was named an all-state second team member by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

The Blue Demons have transfers Deirdre Naughton and Natasha Williams eligible this season. Naughton was on the ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds at Wake Forest in 2005-06. Williams played her first two collegiate seasons at Minnesota and averaged 8.2 points and 3.8 boards as a sophomore in ‘05-06.

Bruno spent the summer as head coach of the U.S. U19 Women's Basketball Team, his second stint as a national team head coach. Bruno led the team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship for Women.

2007-08 Women's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Class Hometown

1 Sam Quigley G 5-6 So. Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Catholic)

2 Taylor Pikes G/F 6-2 Fr. Chicago, Ill. (King College Prep)

5 Erin Cattell F 6-1 Jr. Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg)

12 China Threatt G 5-9 So. Auburn Hills, Mich. (Avondale)

13 Rachel Pierson C 6-3 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy/Iowa State)

14 Allie Quigley G 5-11 Sr. Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Catholic)

20 Natasha Williams F 6-3 Jr. Skokie, Ill. (Niles North/Minnesota)

21 Ciara Johnson G 5-9 Sr. Maywood, Ill. (Trinity)

22 Missy Mitidiero G 5-4 Sr. Lansing, Ill. (Marian Catholic/Illinois)

23 Caprice Smith F 6-1 Sr. Maywood, Ill. (Trinity)

24 Erin Carney F 6-0 Sr. Flint, Mich. (Traverse City St. Francis)

32 Deirdre Naughton G 5-10 So. Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier/Wake Forest)

33 Holly Medley G 5-11 Jr. Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)

40 Elise Morrison C 6-4 Jr. Franklin, Mich. (Detroit Country Day/Dartmouth)

41 Felicia Chester F 6-3 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)

2007-08 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Doug Bruno (DePaul '73)

Assistant Coaches: Nicci Hays-Fort (Culver-Stockton '98), Candis Blankson (DePaul '01) and Bart Brooks (Wyoming '04)

Doug Bruno's Record

Career Record (21 years) ............................... 394-230 (.631)

DePaul Record (21 years) .............................. 375-217 (.631)

BIG EAST Reg. Season Record (2 years) ........... 19-13 (.594)

BIG EAST Tournament Record (2 appearances) .. 2-2 (.500)

BIG EAST Overall Record (2 years) ................... 21-15 (.583)

NCAA Record (12 appearances)........................... 7-12 (.368)

WNIT Record (4 appearances) .............................. 4-6 (.400)

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