OSU women's basketball: Know the opponent — DePaul

The Cowgirls open the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against 10th-seeded DePaul. Here is what you need to know about the Blue Demons.
by Gina Mizell Published: March 18, 2013
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Shortly after Oklahoma State's NCAA Tournament first-round matchup against DePaul was announced, Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said he wasn't yet too familiar with the Blue Demons' personnel.

But he knew it was a well-coached club, with women's basketball pioneer Doug Bruno taking the team he's coached for 27 seasons to its 11th consecutive Big Dance.

Here's a primer on the Cowgirls' first opponent in Durham:

Opponent: DePaul

Record: 21-11 overall, 9-7 Big East

Seed: 10

Conference: Big East

League finish: Tied for 6th

NCAA berth: At-Large

RPI rank: 27

Star player — Brittany Hrynko

Hrynko has had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and nearly five assists per contest. She shared the Big East's Most Improved Award with Connecticut's Kelly Faris.

Coach: Doug Bruno (27th season at DePaul, 531-293 career record)

NCAA Tournament history: Been 11 consecutive years; has an overall record of 10-17

Last NCAA game: Lost, 63-48, to Tennessee in the 2012 Second Round

Best NCAA run: Reached the Sweet 16 in 2006 and 2011, falling to Duke in its most recent trip to the Regional Semifinals.

Location: Chicago

Enrollment: 25,398

Best all-time player: Diana Vines, who played from 1985-89, is the school's all-time leader in points (2,504) and steals (359) and ranks second in rebounds (1,269).

Best non-basketball alum: John C. Reilly, an Academy Award-nominated actor who has appeared in more than 50 films.

History: OSU is 2-0 all-time against DePaul, including an 81-80 victory in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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