The No. 12/13 DePaul women’s basketball team and No. 8/7 Notre Dame will meet for the second time in eight days — this time in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. The March 7, 2011, game is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The contest will air live on ESPNU.
The Blue Demons are making their second BIG EAST Conference Championship semifinals appearance, while it is their first since 2006. DePaul, who is the second seed in the tournament, reached the semifinals with a 66-54 win over seventh-seeded St. John’s on Sunday. The Blue Demons were led by Anna Martin’s 17 points, while Felicia Chester tallied 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame is making its ninth semifinals appearance in the program’s 16th BIG EAST Championship appearances since joining the conference in 1995-96. The Irish reached the semis with a 63-53 win over Louisville. Devereaux Peters paced ND with 19 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks.
DePaul and Notre Dame meet for the 35th time on Monday and second time this season. In a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season, the Blue Demons lead the series 19-15 and won the series only meeting at the BIG EAST Championship in 2007.