WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Felicia Chester
WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Sam Quigley
WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Deirdre Naughton
The BIG Picture
DePaul returns all five starters from its 2009-10 roster and welcomes back its entire bench minus guard Courtney Webb (2.4 points). The Blue Demons averaged 68.3 points per game while they shot .421 from the field. Senior Deirdre Naughton also returns to the Blue Demon bench after the NCAA granted her a sixth season. On Nov. 6, 2010 DePaul will officially name the court at McGrath Arena the Doug Bruno Court. Also this summer, Bruno has signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Bruno also will balance responsibilities as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team.
Senior Deirdre Naughton returns to the Blue Demon bench after the NCAA granted her a sixth season of eligibility. Naughton went down in the fifth game of the 09-10 season with an ACL injury. Prior to her injury, the senior was a preseason Wade Watch, John R. Wooden and Naismith Award watch candidate. Naughton enters the 2010-11 season with 1,470 career points and is a career .430 field goal percentage. Senior Sam Quigley, a 2009-10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award and a second-team All-BIG EAST performer, also returns for her senior season along with junior Keisha Hampton (15.3 points).
The Blue Demons will be without the services of reserve guard Courtney Webb who played in 17 games last year and averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds.
With a bulk of last year’s team returning, the Blue Demons are looking to make their ninth straight NCAA appearance in 2011. Guard Deirdre Naughton should be among the top players in the country and creates an elite backcourt for the squad along with senior Sam Quigley (13.1 points). Forwards Felicia Chester (6.9 points), Katherine Harry (7.8 rebounds) and Keisha Hampton (13.8 points) should also contribute offensively and could lead an explosive offensive attack. The Blue Demons also were able to squeeze in a trip to France in September that included a tour of the life and works of St. Vincent DePaul.