Doug Bruno has a simple reason for DePaul's incredible start to the season - experience.
The Blue Demons have a quartet of “super” seniors. Sam Quigley, Felicia Chester and China Threatt have been at DePaul for five years. Deirdre Naughton was granted a rare sixth-year of eligibility this past season.
Quigley, Threatt and Naughton have all torn their ACLs at some point during their careers. Chester had a stress fracture in her foot as a freshman.
“Those guys have been here a long time and provide great leadership,” Bruno said. “We’ve had to pay the price to get these seniors. We’ve had to play the last few seasons without one or more of them, and its nice to have them all at once.”
Being together for so long has certainly paid off. The Blue Demons have matched the best start in school history with a 20-2 mark, which includes a 20-point win over then-No. 3 Stanford. They have won seven straight and sit at 7-0 in the Big East Conference for the first time in school history.
DePaul has a daunting schedule left, beginning with a home game against No. 8 West Virginia (19-2, 5-2 Big East) today before heading to Storrs, Conn., for a showdown with second-ranked UConn (20-1, 9-0) on Saturday.
Maya Moore scored 23 points to help No. 2 Connecticut (20-1, 9-0 Big East) to an 80-46 win over Cincinnati (8-12, 1-7). Ta’Shia Phillips had 12 points and 15 rebounds, helping No. 7 Xavier (17-2, 6-0 Atlantic 10) pull away to a 67-45 win over Rhode Island (6-14, 0-6). Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 points, Danielle Robinson added 20 points and seven assists, and No. 13 Oklahoma (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) beat Oklahoma State (13-6, 1-5) for the seventh straight time, 82-77. Adria Crawford led three players in double figures with 14 points as No. 19 Georgetown (17-5, 5-3 Big East) cruised to a 59-41 win over Seton Hall (7-14, 0-8). Hallie Christofferson scored 18 points, and Chelsea Poppens had a career-high 19 rebounds, leading No. 23 Iowa State (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) past Missouri (10-11, 2-5), 71-56.