No. 25/20 DePaul Opens Season on Friday
Nov. 9, 2017

No. 25/20 DePaul vs. Northern Colorado
Friday, Nov. 10 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)
McGrath-Phillips Arena | Chicago, Ill.

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CHICAGO – All systems are go for the launching of the 2017-18 season as the No. 25/20 DePaul women’s basketball team opens up on Friday against Northern Colorado at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

This marks the program’s 44th season in Lincoln Park and the 32nd year for iconic Hall of Fame coach Doug Bruno who has led the Blue Demons to 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances---advancing four times to the NCAA Sweet 16.

This latest version of “DePaulBall” features a roster of 12 guards and two forwards as Bruno’s players will once again race up and down the court searching for transition baskets or setting up teammates for good looks with the extra pass.

Defensively, the Blue Demons will continue their tradition of swarming to the ball and forcing turnovers as they did in last Sunday’s 128-77 exhibition game victory over Saint Xavier producing 38 Cougars turnovers.

Bruno watched seven of his players reach double figures led by newcomer Rebekah Dahlman with 21 points and Tanita Allen with 20. Dahlman is an accomplished perimeter-shooting graduate transfer from Vanderbilt. Sophomore Kelly Campbell stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists.


 

 

DePaul will be bolstered by the return of 6-foot, 2-inch Mart’e Grays and guard Ashton Millender who has been named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award top 20 watch list recognizing the most outstanding shooting guards in the nation.

Grays is returning from missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn Achilles tendon. Her added firepower and front-court skills combine with the sharp-shooting Millender who missed all but nine games last season with a stress-reaction injury.

Along with Millender, the top returning scorer at nearly 13 points per game, the deep Blue Demon backcourt features Preseason All-BIG EAST guards Allen and Amarah Coleman, 2016-17 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection Campbell, Lauren Prochaska and McDonald’s All-American Dahlman.

It will be common this season for Bruno to deploy four guards at once as he creates mismatches with a versatile and talented supply of backcourt performers.

Northern Colorado went 22-8 last season and 14-4 in the Big Sky Conference, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament.

The Bears are led by Savannah Smith who topped the team at 15.9 points per game and also in three-point baskets with 80-of-233. Savannah Scott and 6-3 Courtney Smith both averaged 14 points.

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