DePaul puts on the pressure

Liston nearly spent her college career in a DePaul uniform. Bruno coached her father and remained close to the family before and after a daughter who would develop unlimited range and good size arrived on the scene as a baby. She seemed ticketed for the Chicago school until Duke swept in late and wowed her with all that Duke can justifiably wow recruits with, academically and athletically. But that isn't the kind of player the Blue Demons generally sign. They more often get the 5-foot-7 guards, the posts who are a little too skinny or a little too short.

They get the kids Duke, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford don't recruit. But here they are, carrying the Big East banner into a Sweet 16 loaded with its former members.

"We unabashedly go after everybody," Bruno said. "It's been getting later in their life that they say 'no' to us. It used to be when they were in seventh grade, and now it's started to become sophomore year. They just don't understand. It's hard to sell a 16-year old girl that basically when you get your first job out of Duke, guess where you're going to live? You're going to have a job in Chicago; you're going to live in Lincoln Park. It's a great place to be.

"So we unabashedly go after every single player in the country, and we don't fret when they say 'no.'"

Maybe a few more will say "yes." After all, if they were watching Monday night, who would want to have play against that pressure?

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