Women's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule
Aug. 15, 2017

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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.

Northern Colorado
Nov. 10 at McGrath-Phillips Arena

DePaul will open the season against a Bears ball club that went 22-8 last season. They finished third in the Big Sky Conference and lost in the Big Sky tournament quarterfinals.
Series: First meeting

Maggie Dixon Classic
Nov. 17-18 at Wintrust Arena
Honors the memory of the former DePaul assistant coach who left a lasting imprint during her five years in Lincoln Park before taking over the Army West Point women's basketball program. In her first season at West Point, Dixon led the Black Knights to the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance. She passed away suddenly at the age of 28 from an arrhythmic episode to her heart.

Delaware State
The Blue Demons will open up against a Hornets team that was 3-27 last season. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team will welcome back five starters led by NaJai Pollard.
Series: First meeting

Mississippi
The Ole Miss Rebels will match up with Saint Louis in the first round with the winner advancing to the Classic title game against the DePaul-Delaware State winner. Mississippi was 17-14 overall last season and 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference that featured NCAA champion South Carolina and NCAA runner-up Mississippi State.
Series: First meeting

Saint Louis
The Billikens finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 25-9 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. They were tied for third in the Atlantic 10 regular season with a 12-4 mark and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. This series began in 1979 with the Blue Demons coming out on top 82-58.
Series: DePaul leads 22-6

Loyola
Dec. 4 at Wintrust Arena

It will be the annual Field Trip Day when 2,000 enthusiastic school children will cheer on the Blue Demons in their new home. DePaul Athletics is donating game tickets to Chicago Public Schools students along with a number of other elementary schools and will provide transportation to the game. Loyola is looking to rebound from a 2-28 season. This Red Line rivalry originated in 1976 with the Blue Demons prevailing 73-24. Bruno’s program has won 22 of the last 23 games.
Series: DePaul leads 39-10

Northwestern
Dec. 13 in Evanston

It’s the 35th renewal of this Chicagoland rivalry that dates back to 1975 and has seen DePaul win five of the last seven meetings. The Wildcats are coming off a 20-11 year which saw them finish sixth in the Big Ten regular season with a 10-8 record. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Series: DePaul leads 18-16

IUPUI
Dec. 20 at McGrath-Phillips Arena

This rising program has won 20 games or more in four of the last five years, compiling an 88-42 record over that span. The Jaguars were 24-9 in 2016-17 and earned a berth in the WNIT. They were second in The Summit League with a 12-4 mark and lost in overtime to Western Illinois in the conference tournament title game.
Series: First meeting

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.

Game times along with television and radio assignments will be announced once they are finalized.

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