Women's Basketball Hosts Illinois Wesleyan in Final Exhibition on Friday

Oct. 31, 2013

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CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s basketball plays its final exhibition tune-up at 7 p.m. on Friday when the Blue Demons welcome Illinois Wesleyan to McGrath-Phillips Arena.  Dave Bernhard will call the game for DePaul’s BlueTube and GameTracker is also available.  In-game scoring and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/depaulwbbsid.

DePaul's second exhibition opponent, Illinois Wesleyan, is no stranger to Lincoln Park as the Blue Demons have hosted the Titans the last four seasons.  

In 2012, Kelsey Reynolds recorded 21 points and led DePaul to a 105-68 victory over the Titans.  Brittany Hrynko added 19 points, while Brandi Harvey-Carr and Jasmine Penny each tallied 13.  With DePaul’s offense running efficiently, the Blue Demons had 32 assists on 40 baskets. Chanise Jenkins, Megan Rogowski and Hrynko each dished out six assists in the win.     

DePaul found its offensive rhythm in its first exhibition and cruised to an impressive 101-59 victory over Saint Xavier on Tuesday.  The Blue Demons used a balanced attack with every active player scoring at least two points and grabbing a rebound.  Starters Rogowski and Penny along with freshmen Jessica January, who came off the bench in her DePaul debut, each tallied 16 points in the victory.  

January also added five assists and four steals for the Blue Demons, who lead for most of the contest.  DePaul outscored the Cougars 38-12 in the paint, while the Blue Demons tallied 11 triples.  Rogowski was on fire from behind the arc hitting 4-of-6.

Also making their first appearance in a Blue Demon uniform were ShaKeya Graves, Centrese McGee and Merri Bennett-Swanson.  Graves was one of five Blue Demons in double-figures and also added two rebounds and three assists.  McGee was aggressive on the glass and finished with seven rebounds and four steals. Swanson recorded two points and rebounds.

DePaul opens its regular season by hosting its annual Maggie Dixon Classic, Nov. 8-9.  The Blue Demons open their season against Harvard at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and will play either Duquesne or Cal Poly on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Scouting Illinois Wesleyan: The Titans are playing their first exhibition of the year… open their season Nov. 16 with a game against Washington & Jefferson in a tournament hosted by Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md… Illinois Wesleyan was picked to finished third in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Coaches’ Preseason Poll… the Titans won the Division III national championship in 2012… in 2012-13, Illinois Wesleyan posted a 18-8 record and was 11-3 in conference play… Mia Smith is in her 16th season as the head coach of the Titans.

Looking at the Maggie Dixon Class: DePaul opens its season against Harvard… Blue Demons won the series’ only meeting, 97-52 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in 2005… DePaul is 7-0 all-time against school’s from the Ivy League and is scheduled to play Dartmouth on Dec. 16 at McGrath-Phillips Arena… on Saturday, DePaul will play either Cal Poly Duquesne… a meeting with Cal Poly would mark the first ever series meeting between the two programs… the Mustangs are coming off a Big West Conference Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance… Cal Poly was selected to as the Big West Preseason favorites… Cal Poly is under the direction of Illinois high school legend Faith Mimnaugh… Mimnaugh played and coach at Elk Grove Village High School… DePaul and Duquesne could meet for the first time since 1998, and Duquesne has won both the previous two meetings…  Duquesne was picked to finished third in the Atlantic 10… Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi were both selected to the A-10’s preseason all-conference team… Duquesne is under the direction of first year head coach Dan Burt.

About the Maggie Dixon Classic: Formerly known as the DePaul Invitational, the Maggie Dixon Classic was renamed in 2009 and honors former Blue Demon assistant coach Maggie Dixon, who died on April 6, 2006 of an arrhythmia. Dixon’s tragic death came three weeks after concluding her first season as the head coach at Army which saw the Black Knights win the Patriot League Championship and make the program’s first trip to the NCAA Championship.  

The Classic is the third tournament to be named after the former Blue Demon assistant and Army head coach.  Jamie Dixon, the head men’s basketball coach at Pittsburgh and Dixon’s older brother hosts a tournament at Madison Square Garden while San Diego, Dixon’s alma mater, also hosts a tournament in the late coach’s name.



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