DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno announced on Tuesday his team's 2013-14 non-conference schedule
Aug 20, 2013
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CHICAGO - DePaul head women's basketball coach Doug Bruno announced on Tuesday his team's 2013-14 non-conference schedule highlighted by six games at McGrath-Phillips Arena and trips to Notre Dame and Las Vegas.
"This season's non-conference schedule is tougher than last season's, and last year's very difficult non-conference schedule was directly responsible for DePaul earning our 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid," Bruno said. "The 2013-14 season tips off with the Maggie Dixon Classic which features Harvard, Cal Poly and a very tough Atlantic 10 Conference opponent in Duquesne.
"Cal Poly is under the direction of former Illinois high school legend Faith Mimnaugh while Duquesne and Harvard both made strong runs at their respective conference championships last season."
The fifth annual Maggie Dixon Classic kicks off DePaul's basketball season on Nov. 8 with the championship and consolation games scheduled for the following day.
DePaul welcomes Illinois State for a Nov. 18 contest before traveling 90 miles to South Bend. The Blue Demons are scheduled to square off with their former conference foe and 2011 and 2012 Final Four participant in the Irish on Nov. 26.
"The long-standing rivalry between DePaul and Notre Dame will continue as Notre Dame heads to the ACC," Bruno added.
DePaul returns to the Chicago area and heads to Northwestern for a Big Ten clash with the Wildcats on Dec. 1. The local opponent theme continues with a Dec. 7 game against Loyola in Lincoln Park. The Ramblers are under the direction of first-year head coach, four-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes.
"Local rivals like Northwestern, Illinois State, Loyola and Bradley (Dec. 29) always add a high degree of difficulty to the schedule," Bruno said. "These games are serious local-turf, bragging-rights games. Because the players all know each other, these local games bring a much higher degree of difficulty than what might appear."
The Blue Demons are set to welcome Kentucky on Dec. 12 for what Bruno is calling, "a great home draw."
The contest welcomes former Chicago Public League standouts from Whitney Young, Janee Thompson and Linnae Harper for their Chicago collegiate debuts. It also pits former high school teammates against one another as Blue Demon sophomore Chanise Jenkins played with both Thompson and Harper at Whitney Young.
The Blue Demons close out the home portion of their non-conference schedule by hosting Dartmouth on Dec. 16.
DePaul heads to Las Vegas for the UNLV Holiday Tournament, Dec. 19-21 and closes out 2013 at Bradley on Dec. 29.
"As always, our non-conference schedule will be one of the best in the country and will definitely have us prepared for BIG EAST competition, Bruno said."
The Blue Demons return three of their five starters from last season's NCAA tournament team including the BIG EAST Conference Most Improved Player in Brittany Hrynko. Jenkins was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, and Jasmine Penny is a two-year starter who has led DePaul in field goal percentage the last two seasons.