Women's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule
Aug. 15, 2017
CHICAGO – NCAA basketball dynasty Connecticut headlines the DePaul women’s basketball nonconference schedule announced Tuesday by Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno.
UConn’s program that has won a record 11 NCAA titles and had its record 111-game winning streak snapped by Mississippi State in last season’s NCAA Final Four will face DePaul on Dec. 8 at the new Wintrust Arena. DePaul fell to Mississippi State in the NCAA Second Round last season.
Connecticut (36-1) holds a 14-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Blue Demons.
DePaul will travel to Notre Dame on Dec. 17 to challenge a Fighting Irish program that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season and finished with a 33-4 record. The Irish will once again be ranked among the nation’s top teams and lead the all-time series with DePaul 24-19. This rivalry began in 1979 when DePaul emerged with an 82-53 victory.
On Nov. 13, perennial NCAA power Oklahoma (23-10) comes to McGrath-Phillips Arena after qualifying for the NCAA tournament last season. DePaul is 1-1 all-time against the Sooners including a 104-100 victory in the opener of the 2014 NCAA tournament that was the highest-scoring game in NCAA women’s tournament history.
The Blue Demons will be among eight teams competing in the Nov. 23-25 Play4K Shootout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The tournament is named after inspirational North Carolina State coach Kay Yow who waged a courageous 22-year battle against breast cancer before succumbing in 2009.
“Playing the best nonconference schedule has long been a staple of the DePaul program,” Bruno said. “The 2017-18 season is a classic example of how important it is for our program to challenge itself with a difficult schedule.”
Here is a rundown on the remaining nonconference opponents.
Maggie Dixon Classic
Prior to the Blue Demons’ Nov. 10 season opener against Northern Colorado, they will play an exhibition game on Nov. 5 against St. Xavier at Wintrust Arena.
Now is the time to opt-in for full season ticket packages as Wintrust Arena, Chicago’s newest sports and entertainment venue, opens its doors in fall 2017 for DePaul men's and women's basketball. Join in today as general public season tickets are now available for purchase and start at just $170 per package ($10/home game). Women’s basketball six-game Wintrust Arena ticket plans are also available and start at $50.
All DePaul basketball season ticket holders will also have the first right to purchase tickets at Wintrust Arena for non-DePaul basketball events. For more information on season tickets and premium seating options contact the DePaul ticket office at (773) 325-7526 or visit the DePaul Online Ticket Office.
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