DePaul Women's Basketball Schedule Released

CHICAGO – DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno announced today the 2007-08 schedule that starts at Southern Illinois on Nov. 10 before the Blue Demons take on nine 2006-07 NCAA qualifiers. The challenging schedule is highlighted by home games at McGrath Arena against Tennessee and Connecticut with four 2007-08 opponents coming of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

"When the smoke clears, our 2007-08 schedule will end up as one of the toughest schedules in the country," said Bruno. "Our non-conference schedule is deceivingly tough. At first glance, potentially ranked opponents like defending national champ Tennessee, Texas, and Florida State jump off the page. The tough road match-ups of local rivals, like our season-opener at Southern Illinois, together with road games at Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Northwestern will all be difficult tests as each of these in-state rivals are greatly improved basketball teams and each played us tough at home last season."

Following the Nov. 10 game at Southern Illinois, the Blue Demons host the annual DePaul Invitational at McGrath Arena. The 2007-08 edition of the tournament features three teams in round-robin play with DePaul hosting Florida International and Florida State. The Blue Demons host Florida International on Thursday, Nov. 15 before taking on Florida State the following night. Florida International and Florida State conclude the tourney on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The next seven games feature six opponents from the state of Illinois. The in-state run starts at Illinois State on Nov. 25 followed by home games against Illinois-Chicago, Loyola-Chicago and Chicago State. The lone non-Illinois opponent is Missouri State at McGrath Arena on Dec. 2 while road games at Northern Illinois on Dec. 17 and Northwestern on Dec. 20 conclude the stretch. Entering the 2007-08 campaign, the Blue Demons have won 37 of the last 38 and are 44-3 since the start of the 1998-99 season in games against opponents from Illinois. DePaul currently holds a 23-game winning streak against the in-state programs.

The 2007 calendar ends with the Blue Demons in San Diego, Calif., at the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic. DePaul takes on Texas in the first round while host San Diego plays Appalachian State. The two winners play each other on Dec. 30 following the consolation game. Dixon played collegiately at San Diego from 1995-99 before starting her coaching career at DePaul in 2000. Following a season as head coach at Army, she tragically passed away at age 28 in April 2006.

DePaul returns to Chicago for a Jan. 2 game against defending NCAA Champion Tennessee. The Lady Vols serve as the final opponent on the non-conference schedule before the Blue Demons embark on the deep and demanding 16-game BIG EAST slate.

"Then comes "The Beast that is The BIG EAST," Bruno commented. "As improved a team as we have the potential to be, UConn, Rutgers and Louisville return all of their starters. Pitt, Notre Dame and West Virginia return their starters and add three great players that were each injured last season in Pittsburgh's Mallorie Winn, Notre Dame's Lindsay Schrader and West Virginia's Meg Bulger."

"In addition to UConn, Rutgers, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and West Virginia with all of their starters returning, each of the remaining nine BIG EAST teams has the talent to make the NCAA Tournament. It is not simply posturing to say going into the 2008 BIG EAST season that for 12 or more BIG EAST teams to make the NCAA Tournament is not a stretch."

BIG EAST play starts on Jan. 6 against Pittsburgh followed by a Jan. 12 game at Providence. The Friars start a stretch of three of four games on the road for the Blue Demons with St. John's at home on Jan. 15 followed by games at Marquette on Jan. 19 and Notre Dame on Jan. 22.

The Cincinnati Bearcats open a three-game homestand on Jan. 26 followed by Syracuse on Jan. 29 and Villanova on Feb. 2. DePaul takes a trip to Tampa for a Feb. 5 game at USF before the Blue Demons host Louisville on Feb. 10.

DePaul concludes the regular season with four of the final six conference games on the road. The Blue Demons travel to West Virginia on Feb. 16 and Georgetown on Feb. 20 followed by a home game against Notre Dame on Feb. 24. Three days after hosting the Irish, DePaul travels to 2007 NCAA Championship game finalist Rutgers on Feb. 27. Senior Night is set for Mar. 1 when the Blue Demons host Connecticut at McGrath Arena. The regular season concludes on March 3 at Seton Hall.

In 2006-07, the 16 BIG EAST programs accumulated 10 postseason teams with eight earning NCAA Tournament berths. Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia all qualified for the NCAA Tournament while Seton Hall and USF were selected to play in the WNIT.

The 2008 BIG EAST Championship is set for Mar. 8-11 at the Hartford Civic Center. The Blue Demons reached the quarterfinals last season after knocking off Notre Dame in the first round. DePaul lost in the quarterfinals to eventual tournament champion Rutgers.

Fans wishing to see both the Tennessee and Connecticut games this season are encouraged to purchase season tickets. Season tickets for DePaul women's basketball are $99 and include six opponents that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. In addition to NCAA Champion Tennessee and Elite Eight qualifier Connecticut, Florida State reached the Sweet 16 with Louisville, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh each advancing to the NCAA's second round. For more information, call the DePaul Ticket Office at (773) 325-SLAM.

Game times and the television schedule will be announced once they are finalized.

2007-08 DePaul Women's Basketball Printable Schedule

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