DePaul Women Await Selection Monday

Doug Bruno and the DePaul women's basketball team anxiously await Monday night's NCAA Selection Show to learn where they will be headed and who they will be playing against in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Bruno and his DePaul (27-6) team will hunker down at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Monday night to watch the Selection Show televised on ESPN at 6 p.m. Central.

DePaul will likely receive the highest seed in the history of the women's hoops program. Most tournament projections have the ninth ranked Blue Demons as a #3 seed in the NCAA field.

The Blue Demons' regular season came to an end in the semifinals of the Big East tournament with a 71-67 loss to Notre Dame in Hartford, Connecticut.

"Hopefully the crash and burn experience from one-and-out basketball that's taken place (in the Big East tournament) will get us prepared for the crash and burn, one-and-out tournament that starts (next week)," Bruno said following the Big East tourney.

"It is experienced one-and-out basketball, and that is what the NCAA Tournament is," said Bruno. "It's what makes the NCAA Tournament the great tournament, the great sporting event in America. Fans love it. Media loves it. And it's great for the fans and media because you get to prognosticate who is in and who is out. And you get to prognosticate who is going to be where and all these games are lined up. Except for one team on the men's side or one team on the women's side, everybody else has a crash and burn experience."

"So it's one-and-out, and that's why it's such a great tournament," Bruno added. "So this is absolutely practice for that. This is the kind of game that you're going to play every game from this point forward. It's going to be this kind of a close basketball game, a tough basketball game. It's a basketball game that's going to come down to a couple of possessions."

Bruno has an experienced veteran squad that is poised for a tournament run.

"That's why it is of value because there still is basketball to be played," said Bruno. "It's always of value. This is a great group of players and they've committed themselves very strongly over the last five years to do well in the postseason. So it's really why it is such a valuable experience."

The Blue Demons played some of their best basketball in February and March and appear to be peaking at the right time.

"I feel like we're in the process of getting it right, for sure that we're getting better," said Bruno. "We still are getting better. That's important that you never quit on getting better. But truly, once you know you've peaked, you don't know until the season's over. When you look back at the season and say maybe that game on January 30th is our best game. Maybe that game on February 28th was our best game. So you really don't know if you've peaked or not until everything is over.

After 6 p.m. on Monday night, the Blue Demons will know where they are going. It's up to them to determine how far they go in the madness that is the NCAA tournament.


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