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DePaul head coach Doug Bruno embraces Pat Summitt’s legacy

On Dec. 20, 1995, Doug Bruno, the head coach of DePaul women’s basketball, aimed to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers for the first time in program history. Although the Blue Demons lost 76-68, following the game, Bruno inhaled heartbreaking news, miles beyond a “L” in the box score. “[Athletic director] Jeanie [Lenti Ponsetto] grabs me when I’m done with the media, and said...
Via The Student Section
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Louisville and DePaul renew series for spot in Sweet 16

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) DePaul and Louisville will add another chapter to their shared history for a spot in the Sweet 16 following big wins in the opening round of the women's NCAA Tournament. Sunday's game is the 32nd in a series that dates back to 1983. The third-seeded Cardinals host No. 6 seed DePaul with the winner moving to the Dallas regional. Louisville trailed by 3 after...
Via Associated Press
March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

DePaul sweeps Big East player and coach of the year awards

CHICAGO (AP) DePaul guard Chanise Jenkins was honored as the Big East player of the year Wednesday. She averaged 15.7 points and 5.4 assists in conference games this season to lead the 18th-ranked Blue Demons to the regular-season title. The Blue Demons' Doug Bruno was selected as the conference's coach of the year for the second time in three seasons. Marquette's Allazia Blockton...
Via Associated Press
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 19 DePaul women beat Marquette 98-65

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jessica January had 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and handed out nine assists on Saturday as No. 19 DePaul closed the season with its eighth straight win 98-65 over Marquette. Brooke Schulte had 16 points and Chanise Jenkins scored 14 for DePaul (24-7, 16-2 Big East), which will have the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Megan Podkowa and Ashton Millender...
Via Associated Press
February 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Will Xavier's Edmond Sumner play against DePaul?

Xavier has played almost three full games without its starting point guard and it sounds like Edmond Sumner is set to miss Tuesday's meeting with DePaul.Xavier head coach Chris Mack updated the condition of his redshirt point guard on Monday afternoon, according to Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer.Sumner has been out since New Year's Day when he was carted off the court...
Via FOX Sports
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Top 10 Moments of 2015, No. 5: DePaul starts Big East play 3-0

Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball. The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day until New Year’s Eve, when the No. 1 moment will be revealed.   5. DePaul starts 3-0 in Big East play for first time In nine Big East seasons, DePaul had never...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Collins Gets First Career Win over DePaul

Northwestern head basketball coach Chris Collins picked up his first career victory over DePaul on Saturday afternoon (Getty Images)   ROSEMONT, IL- Back on December 7th, 2013, Northwestern head coach Chris Collins was handed his first defeat against DePaul University thanks to a last second jump shot. But on Saturday, Collins got his revenge. Thanks to an overtime period in which...
Via The Sports Journal
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

3-point shooting, turnovers vault Stanford past DePaul

Marcus Allen scored 17 points Tuesday as Stanford overpowered DePaul, 79-60, at Maples Pavilion. With the loss, DePaul dropped to 0-5 against the top 150 in KenPom. DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr. tries to drive by Stanford forward Michael Humphrey. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)   Stanford (5-3) opened the game on a 9-3 run with Allen, a junior guard, contributing five early...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Little Rock 66, DePaul 44

CHICAGO — Little Rock held DePaul to 0.72 points per possession Saturday to leave Chicago with a 66-44 win and an 8-0 record. Here’s a breakdown of what we saw and learned in the ugly loss for DePaul:   —Little Rock’s pressure caused tons of trouble for DePaul. The Blue Demons turned the ball over in 32.8 percent of their possessions, and the Trojans turned those miscues...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Halftime: Little Rock 32, DePaul 23

CHICAGO — Pressure defense and bench production have given Little Rock a 32-23 lead over DePaul at halftime. DePaul (5-3) was productive inside, shooting 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from 2-point range against one of the nation’s top interior defenses. However, the Blue Demons missed all six of their attempts from beyond the arc. They also left points at the foul line, shooting just...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul adds another 2016 commit

On Tuesday night, 2016 shooting guard Brandon Cyrus announced that he had committed to DePaul, hours after his Lumiere School (Indiana) picked the Blue Demons."Thank you to all my family and friends who supported me through the long recruiting process, as well as the coaches and staffs that took the time to recruit me to their schools," Cyrus said in a tweet. "However, I have decided...
Via FOX Sports
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul unveils 2015-16 non-conference schedule

The DePaul Blue Demons unveiled their 2015-16 non-conference schedule yesterday.A variety of locales await DePaul as the non-conference schedule takes the team from the Virgin Islands to the San Francisco Bay.“This non-conference schedule will provide our team many opportunities and put our team in many different situations to prepare us for the BIG EAST schedule,” said head...
Via FOX Sports
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul snags 3-star guard Devin Gage

Dave Leitao targeted the Chicago Public League with is latest signee, and the result is 6-foot-2 floor general Devin Gage.Gage reportedly had offers from Bradley, UIC and Toledo as well. As a junior for Curie High School, Gage posted marks of 17.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals.Gage is the first commit for the Blue Demons' 2016 recruiting class. (h/t Big East Coast Bias)
Via FOX Sports
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul snags three-star guard for 2016 class

Ever since Dave Leitao returned to coach at DePaul University, he has been nothing but positive for the Blue Demons’ program. He and the team have turned their focus on the Chicago Public High School League and the team has landed two big pickups for the team in the next two seasons. One of those players is three-star point guard Devin Gage, who has committed to DePaul for the...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

To know DePaul coach Leitao is to 'appreciate a special human being'

DePaul basketball isn't simply trying to win basketball games based on their new coaching hire: They're trying to change the program's entire culture.Ironically enough, the more things change, the more they stay the same for the Blue Demons. This is Leitao's second stint as DePaul's head coach, but the program floundered during his absence. Leitao sang the national anthem on Wednesday...
Via FOX Sports
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: DePaul HC Dave Leitao takes singing lessons

DePaul Blue Demons head basketball coach Dave Leitao is set to return to the program in a big way. Before Leitao starts his second tenure with DePaul on the sidelines, he will be flexing his golden pipes on May 14. Leitao will be singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game at the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game. Since Leitao knows plenty of eyes will be on him for the big moment, he...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John’s Falls Short In The Coaching Carousel: The PR Coaching Hire Is Not Exactly Ideal

The college basketball coaching carousel is in full swing: coaches getting fired, others hired, and everything in-between. Tennessee just treated Texas’s trash like its treasure when it hired Rick Barnes to lead the Vols. DePaul retreaded a guy — Dave Leitao — who once left that program for a better job. St. John’s attempted to win back fans by bringing in the greatest player...
Via The Student Section
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul brings Dave Leitao back for second stint as head coach

  Dave Leitao, who coached DePaul from 2002-05, has been brought back to lead the men's basketball program. Leitao, who led the Blue Demons to three postseason appearances in his first stint, left DePaul to take over at Virginia. He was there for four years and was Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year in his second season. He was an assistant to Frank Haith the past three...
Via Associated Press
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Forget “Clemsoning”: It is “Depauling” That The Blue Demons Do Not Want to be Taken Seriously

Many Big East Conference fans have grown accustomed to the new version of the old league. I mean, not everything in it has changed. So the adjustment to it seems to have been rather smooth. Jay Wright is still the sharpest dressed man, the conference tournament continues to be played at Madison Square Garden, and the DePaul Blue Demons are the mainstays as the cellar-dwellers of...
Via The Student Section
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Bobby Hurley the front-runner for DePaul job

By Larry Brown Bobby Hurley has only been a college basketball head coach for two seasons, but that may be enough to convince a big program to hire him. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley is the front-runner for the DePaul job. DePaul is looking for a new head coach after firing Oliver Purnell two weeks ago after he failed to win more than 12 games in any of his five...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

End of an Error: With Oliver Purnell Gone What’s Next for DePaul?

The Oliver Purnell era is over at DePaul. This comes to the surprise to no one with a fully functioning brain. Purnell’s Blue Demons have been cellar-dwellers in most of his years with the program, with the only exception being this season, when the team was in first place of the Big East Conference — for a full four days. That’s history, though. There are no sane reasons...
Via The Student Section
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell resigns after five seasons

Oliver Purnell has resigned as DePaul head coach, the school announced Saturday. Purnell, who coached the Blue Demons for five seasons, posted a 12-20 record, including a 6-12 mark in the Big East. Photo: DePaul Athletics Purnell finishes his tenure at DePaul with a 54-105 overall record. “It is my best interest and my family’s best interest to resign as head coach of the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Creighton Basketball: Big win for the Jays

Creighton faced off against the DePaul Blue Demons on Tuesday night. After a big game from James Milliken, the Bluejays came out on top, winning by 13 points. What does this win mean for Creighton as they try to finish off the end of a very disappointing season? Let’s see. Confidence With this win, the Bluejays are no longer last in the Big East. Marquette has taken over as the...
Via isportsweb.com
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: DePaul’s Bench Is Pretty Pumped About A Big Three-Pointer By Myke Henry

The DePaul Blue Demons are just 9-9 this season, but don’t accuse them of not having fun. The team’s bench has been making waves with some great celebrations after big shots over the last few games, and today’s close game with St. John’s is no exception. After guard Myke Henry hit a big three to tie the game at 45, the bench decided to ride the train. DePaul is hanging in...
Via College Spun
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno gets contract extension to 2020

  DePaul has extended women's basketball coach Doug Bruno's contract through the 2019-20 season. The school announced the one-year extension on Wednesday. Bruno has coached at the school for 29 years and won 572 games at his alma mater. The Blue Demons have reached the NCAA tournament each of the past 12 seasons. Last year, they won the Big East regular season and conference tournament...
Via Associated Press
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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