The DePaul University women’s basketball team has had a lot to celebrate this year. After emerging as the 2014 regular-season BIG EAST champions, DePaul was the No. 1 seed heading into the conference tournament and is playing in the semifinals today (March 10). Take a look at what your Blue Demons have done lately!
Team Takes Regular-Season Title
This year DePaul won its first-ever BIG EAST regular-season title. The Blue Demons, who were a preseason favorite, finished with an overall record of 24-6, 15-3 in the conference. “It’s really exciting being the first DePaul team to win a BIG EAST title,” senior forward Jasmine Penny said. “This was one of the goals we had set at the beginning of the season.”
BIG EAST Tournament Rolls On
The 2014 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Conference Championship tournament has come to DePaul. The tournament began March 8 at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena. On March 9, DePaul faced Georgetown at Allstate Arena in the quarterfinals, winning 78-54. The team will play Marquette in the semifinals today, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. The title game, with the DePaul-Marquette winner facing the victor of the St. John’s-Creighton match, will take place March 11 at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Bruno Wins Coach of the Year
After leading DePaul through an impressive regular season, coach Doug Bruno (LAS ’73, MA ’88) was named the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year last week. Bruno is in his 28th season as DePaul head coach, and this is his first time winning the BIG EAST award. As he told the Chicago Sun-Times, ‘‘Coach of the year really means team of the year. It means you had the best players, the best support staff, the best boss, the best operation.’’
Players Earn Honors
Multiple players earned conference and national honors during the regular season. Junior guard Brittany Hrynko was named the espnW national player of the week on March 3. Hrynko and Penny were unanimous choices for the All-BIG EAST first team while junior guard Megan Rogowski was an honorable mention honoree and guard Jessica January earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.