Women’s basketball releases 2015-16 schedule

Womens’ basketball coach Doug Bruno stands on the sidelines of a game last season. Photo courtesy of DePaul.
Womens’ basketball coach Doug Bruno stands on the sidelines of a game last season. Photo courtesy of DePaul Athletics.

DePaul women’s basketball announced their full schedule concurrently with the Big East, announcing their conference schedule Thursday, releasing dates, times and a tv schedule after the Blue Demons’ opponents were announced over the summer.

DePaul announced that they will have two exhbitions games to start the year, the first against St. Xavier on Nov. 2 and then against Lewis on Nov. 7. Both games will be at McGrath-Phillips Arena. They then will open the season with the preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament, where they will open against Southern Illinois. In the quarterfinals, they will either play St. Bonaventure or Siena, then their opponents for the third and fourth rounds are to be determined. The first two games will be at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Following the WNIT, DePaul will host four straight non-conference games, highlighted by defending NCAA champion Connecticut.

After that is a four-game road trip, where DePaul will face the team that ended their 2014-15 season at Notre Dame on Dec. 9. DePaul hosted the Fighting Irish last December and lost in overtime.

The game after will be a trip to Texas A&M on Dec. 12 in another game that DePaul came close to winning in 2014-15. They played close to the Aggies in their season opener but could not close the deal. They end the road trip with a cross-town matchup with Northwestern.

Big East conference play will start for the Blue Demons on Dec. 29 when they host Marquette. They have a road trip to the New York area as they take on St. John’s on Jan. 3 and then Seton Hall on Jan. 5. There will be no four-game road trip in conference play for DePaul like there was in 2014-15.

Their biggest stretch of home games will come at the end of January when they host Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall and St. John’s all in a row between Jan. 22 and Jan. 31.

The end of the season could be tough for DePaul as they end with three straight road games at Providence, Creighton and Marquette. Following that will be the Big East tournament, to be held at McGrath-Phillips Arena and, if they qualify, a postseason tournament.

DePaul won the Big East regular season and tournament the past two seasons and made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament in both of those seasons. 2013-14 was the first time they had won the Big East tournament.

2015-16 Season Schedule

Exhibitions

Nov. 2, 2015 vs. St. Xavier

Nov. 7, 2015 vs. Lewis

Preseason WNIT

Nov. 13, 2015 vs. Southern Illinois

Nov. 15, 2015 Quarterfinals

Nov. 19, 2015 Semifinals

Nov. 22, 2015 Championship

Nov. 24, 2015 vs. Chicago State

Nov. 27, 2015 vs. Colgate

Dec. 2, 2015 vs. Connecticut

Dec. 5, 2015 vs. Illinois State

Dec. 9, 2015 at Notre Dame

Dec. 12, 2015 at Texas A&M

Dec. 15, 2015 at South Dakota St.

Dec. 19, 2015 at Northwestern

Dec. 21, 2015 vs. Loyola

Dec. 29, 2015 vs. Marquette

Jan. 3, 2016 at St. John’s

Jan. 5, 2016 at Seton Hall

Jan. 8, 2016 vs. Georgetown

Jan. 10, 2016 vs. Villanova

Jan. 15, 2016 at Butler

Jan. 17, 2016 at Xavier

Jan. 22, 2016 vs. Creighton

Jan. 24, 2016 vs. Providence

Jan. 29, 2016 vs. Seton Hall

Jan. 31, 2016 vs. St. John’s

Jan. 5, 2016 at Villanova

Feb. 7, 2016 at Georgetown

Feb. 12, 2016 vs. Xavier

Feb. 14, 2016 vs. Butler

Feb. 19, 2016 at Providence

Feb. 21, 2016 at Creighton

Feb. 27, 2016 at Marquette