January, Schulte WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
April 3, 2017
The Blue Demons were among three players from the BIG EAST Conference earning WBCA Honorable Mention All-American status along with Allazia Blockton of Marquette.
Schulte was honored last week as an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American while both January and Schulte were selected to the WBCA All-Region team.
Schulte has enjoyed a break-out season in helping lead DePaul to its fourth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title and its 15th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The senior guard from Germantown, Ill. led all scorers in BIG EAST Conference play averaging nearly 21 points a game after scoring 8.8 points per game in conference last season. Schulte was honored as the BIG EAST Player of the Year this season and voted Most Improved Player by the league’s coaches. The All-BIG EAST First Team selection was also named the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Schulte scored in double figures for 21 games in a row that included a career-high 35 points against Marquette and a 30-point performance against Creighton. She recorded double figures in points and rebounds eight times this season and led the Blue Demons on a 10-game winning streak. Schulte was a big reason why DePaul was able to overcome injuries that sidelined three starters.
One of those was January, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year who missed two months with a broken finger. In just her second game back from the injury, January recorded the second triple-double of her career with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Georgetown.
The senior point guard from Richfield, Minn. led the Blue Demons in scoring and was among the nation’s leaders in assists before the injury in late December. The Co-SIDA Academic All-American was the MVP of the Maggie Dixon Classic and selected to the all-tournament team of the prestigious Gulf Coast Showcase.
January finished her four years in Lincoln Park with the fourth-highest total in career assists in program history. She is also tied for No. 7 all-time in steals, No. 10 in field goals and No. 17 in career points at 1,530.
Schulte and January helped the Blue Demons advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament where they fell to Mississippi State which went on to defeat Connecticut in the Final Four and finish second to South Carolina.
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