DePaul Announces Women's Basketball Schedule

CHICAGO – DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno announced today the 2006-07 regular-season schedule that opens with Oklahoma at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic and concludes with the Blue Demons second 16-game run through the BIG EAST Conference circuit. Of the 29 potential regular-season opponents, a total of 16 made postseason appearances last season.

Following a pair of exhibition games, DePaul travels to Norman, Okla., for the 2006 State Farm Tip-Off Classic. The Blue Demons take on the Sooners in the second game of the ESPN2-televised doubleheader on Nov. 12. BIG EAST member Rutgers takes on Georgia in the afternoon's first game. Both the Blue Demons and Sooners reached the Sweet 16 in San Antonio, Texas, last season, but came up short in their respective NCAA Regional Semifinal games. Oklahoma is one of nine NCAA Tournament teams on the 2006-07 slate.

"At the end of the day, our 2006-2007 schedule will again be ranked as one of the toughest in the country," said Bruno. "Oklahoma on the road in our first game will be a great test against one of the top five teams in the country and against one of the great players in the country in Courtney Paris."

The home schedule opens with the annual DePaul Invitational featuring Illinois State, Stony Brook and Yale. On Friday, Nov. 17, the Blue Demons tangle with Yale preceded by Illinois State and Stony Brook. The winners clash in the championship game on Saturday night following the consolation game.

November concludes with a home game against Northern Illinois followed by a road game at UW-Green Bay. DePaul hosts the Huskies on Nov. 25 at McGrath Arena before heading north to face the Phoenix in Green Bay on Nov. 29.

The Blue Demons are set to play just two home games in December and start the month at Missouri State on Dec. 3. Defending regular-season BIG EAST Champion Rutgers visits Chicago for the first time on Dec. 7 to begin the conference schedule. Northwestern follows the Scarlet Knights on Dec. 13 for the final home game of the month.

The final six games of December start at Detroit on Dec. 15 and the short trip down Halsted Ave. for a Dec. 17 game against Illinois-Chicago. The 11th annual San Juan Shootout takes DePaul to Puerto Rico for games against Loyola-Chicago and TCU. The Blue Demons and Ramblers play on Dec. 20 before DePaul takes on the Horned Frogs on Dec. 21. UNLV and Chicago State are the final non-conference games with the Blue Demons in Las Vegas on Dec. 28 and Chicago's Southside on Dec. 30.

"The remainder of our non-conference schedule is very subtle tough. At Wisconsin-Green Bay and at Missouri State are road games against teams that win 90-plus percent of their home games," said Bruno. "Old C-USA rival TCU in Puerto Rico will also be a very tough RPI game as will our other Mountain West opponent at UNLV. Local rivals like Northwestern, Loyola, Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Illinois State, and Chicago State all become tougher than your average game because of the local rivalry factor."

"Add to this non-conference schedule 'THE BEAST THAT IS THE BIG EAST' starting with a visit by Rutgers on December 7th, and it becomes obvious why, at season's end, our strength of schedule should match our top 25 aspirations," said Bruno.

DePaul's longest-running series continues on Jan. 6 when the Marquette Golden Eagles visit McGrath Arena. West Virginia makes a Chicago stop on Jan. 9 before the Blue Demons go on the road to Cincinnati on Jan. 13 and Villanova on Jan. 16. The Cincinnati game begins a stretch of four games that sees DePaul on the road three times. Georgetown, who played the first game in McGrath Arena, returns to Chicago on Jan. 20 for a Saturday BIG EAST contest.

The Blue Demons travel to Connecticut for a game at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 24 and return to Chicago on Jan. 27 to host Providence. The Huskies ended DePaul's 33-game home winning streak last January.

DePaul plays four straight NCAA Tournament foes starting in New York City with a Jan. 30 visit to face St. John's. The month of February unwraps on Feb. 3 at Louisville followed by a Feb. 6 home game against USF and a road game at Notre Dame on Feb. 11.

The BIG EAST campaign finishes with two home and two road games. On Feb. 17, Seton Hall starts the foursome with game at McGrath Arena. DePaul makes their first visit to the Carrier Dome on Feb. 20 to play Syracuse before making a trip to Pittsburgh for a Feb. 24 matchup. Notre Dame is the final regular-season opponent on Feb. 26.

The 2007 BIG EAST Championship is set for Mar. 3-6 at the Hartford Civic Center. The Blue Demons reached the semifinals last season before falling to eventual champion Connecticut.

DePaul returns 10 players this season off the 2005-06 squad that tied a school record with 27 victories. The Blue Demons reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history and finished third in the inaugural BIG EAST season. Off the court, DePaul posted the 11th-highest team grade-point average in the WBCA Academic Top 25. DePaul was the lone Sweet 16 team on the court and in the classroom.

Complete game times and the remaining television schedule will be announced once it is finalized.

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