Oct. 28, 2013
Game Notes: DePaul | Saint Xavier
Online Audio: BlueTube
CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s basketball team begins its 2013-14 season with a pair of exhibition games this week. The Blue Demons open their exhibition slate against Saint Xavier on Tuesday as part of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader. The women hit the hardwood at McGrath-Phillips Arena at 6 p.m. and the men will start against Lewis at 8 p.m.
Dave Bernhard will provide audio of the game on DePaul’s BlueTube and Gametracker will also be. In-game scoring updates and notes can be followed on www.twitter.com/DePaulWBBSID during the women’s games.
Saint Xavier is no stranger to Lincoln Park as the two teams have squared off the last two seasons. The Cougars also traveled to Lincoln Park in 2008 and 2009. Last season, the Blue Demons defeated Saint Xavier, 91-56 behind a 19-point, 14-assists performance by Brittany Hrynko. Jasmine Penny, Kelsey Reynolds and Megan Rogowski also added 16 points each.
DePaul returns three of starters – Chanise Jenkins, Penny and Hrynko -- from last season which saw the Blue Demons make their 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Since 2003, only nine programs in Division I have reached the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons.
The trio of returning starters accounted for 81.4 percent of DePaul’s offense from a season ago, while Hrynko led the team with 14.7 points per outing.
Hrynko, who was named the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, enters her junior season with 852 career points and 293 assists. The Philadelphia native is on track to become DePaul’s 29th 1,000-point scorer. Penny is also nearing the century mark and beings her final season in Lincoln Park with 849 points.
After signing an extension keeping the iconic women’s coach in Lincoln Park through 2018-19, Doug Bruno begins his 28th season at the helm of the Blue Demon program. Bruno has led DePaul to 17; 20-win seasons and is responsible for all 18 of the program’s trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Blue Demons play their final exhibition tune-up against Illinois Wesleyan. DePaul and the Titans tip at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1.
The Blue Demons begin their regular season by hosting the Maggie Dixon Classic, Nov. 8 and 9. DePaul opens the regular season against Harvard on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and will play either Duquesne or Cal Poly at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Looking at Saint Xavier: The Cougars reached the second round of the Division II NAIA tournament and was ranked No. 15 in the final NAIA poll a season ago… Bob Hallberg is in his 14th season at the helm of the Saint Xavier program… On Oct. 25, Saint Xavier named the floor at the Shannon Center the “Bob Hallberg Court”… Hallberg is just the sixth women’s coach to have the floor of his home court named in his honor… he follows Doug Bruno, Kay Yow (North Carolina State), Lin L. Laursen (Central Arizona College – NJCAA), Pam Evans Smith (Wittenberg University) and Pat Summitt (Tennessee and UT-Martin)… current junior Morgan Stutt was named a 1st-team NAIA All-American and was the CCAC Player of the Year… as a sophomore she averaged 17.8 and 11.3 rebounds per game.
Exhibition Season: DePaul plays two exhibitions this season – against Saint Xavier on Oct. 29 and welcomes Illinois Wesleyan on Friday, Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. tilt… DePaul played both teams last year in the regular season warm-up… DePaul defeated Saint Xavier 91-56 and Illinois Wesleyan 105-68.