Women’s basketball looks to win a third straight Big East tournament

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Junior guard Brooke Schulte rises up for a jumpshot on Sunday.  (Josh Leff / The DePaulia)

Junior guard Brooke Schulte rises up for a jumpshot. (Josh Leff / The DePaulia)

DePaul women’s basketball is chasing its third straight Big East tournament win. Here’s what to look for, and what you should know.

When: March 5 – 8

Where: McGrath Phillips Arena

Cost: Free for students

The narratives

  • Can anyone stop DePaul? The Blue Demons finished the season with a 16-2 record in the Big East, their best conference record since they’ve joined the Big East.
  • DePaul sits at No. 20 in RPI. Can they play well enough in the tournament to earn a top-16 seed (the ability to host) in the NCAA tournament?

  • Villanova is on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. They’ve shown the ability to beat good teams like DePaul, but can they ensure a tournament spot?

  • Seton Hall is riding momentum, coming in on a five-game win streak. Can they replicate their run to the title game from 2015?

Expert picks

Matthew Paras, Editor-in-Chief

Favorite: DePaul

Dark Horse: Seton Hall

MVP: Megan Podkowa

Ben Gartland, Sports Editor

Favorite: DePaul

Dark Horse: Seton Hall

MVP: Chanise Jenkins

Ben Savage, Assistant Sports Editor

Favorite: DePaul

Dark Horse: Creighton

MVP: Jessica January

Zachary Holden, Staff Writer

Favorite: DePaul

Dark Horse: Marquette

MVP: Jessica January