DePaul women’s hoops reaches No. 7 in Associated Press Poll

The DePaul women’s basketball team is having a record-breaking year — its 25-3 record is a program-best; its 12 BIG EAST wins is a first and on Monday when the Associated Press Poll was released, the Blue Demons were ranked No. 7 — the highest in the program’s 37-year history.

Prior to the poll’s release, junior forward Keisha Hampton was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly honor roll.

Keisha Hampton was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth time this season.

The Blue Demons (25-3, 12-1 BIG EAST) ran their McGrath-Phillips winning streak to 18 games last week with victories over BIG EAST foes Rutgers and No. 18/18 Georgetown.  During DePaul’s home court winning streak which spans two seasons, the Blue Demons average margin of victory is 20.1 points.  DePaul has also defeated four top 25 opponents (No. 3/2 Stanford, No. 8/8 West Virginia, No. 21/22 Marquette and No. 18/18 Georgetown) during its streak which currently stands at 377 days.

With DePaul’s win on Sunday over the Hoyas, the Blue Demons clinched a double-bye in the BIG EAST Conference Championship which will be played in Hartford, Conn., March 4-8.  DePaul’s first game of the Championship is scheduled for March 6 and will be televised on ESPNU.

DePaul’s program-best No. 7 ranking comes on the heels of the Blue Demons winning 12 of their last 13 games with its lone loss during that period at No. 2/2 Connecticut on Feb. 5. Prior to its loss at UConn, DePaul was ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Poll that was released on Jan. 31, 2011 — at the time, the program’s highest ranking ever.

Hampton received her fourth BIG EAST Weekly honor roll accolade on Monday after leading the Blue Demons with 17.0 points last week.  The junior tallied 22 points, dished out a career-best seven assists, tallied three blocks and was 5-of-11 from 3-point range in DePaul’s win over Rutgers.  The Philadelphia native scored 12 points against Georgetown.

The Blue Demons return to action at Louisville on Feb. 23 before traveling to rival Marquette on Feb. 26.  DePaul closes out the regular season at home against Notre Dame, who is ranked No. 8 in this week’s AP Poll, on Feb. 28.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. clash with the Irish are still available and can be purchased from the DePaul ticket office located at 2323 N. Sheffield Ave. or by calling (773) 325-SLAM.

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