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Top-seeded DePaul women to host Big East tournament

DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko brings ball upcourt during first half actitheir NCAA women's college basketball game against Louisville Sunday

DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko brings the ball upcourt during first half action of their NCAA women's college basketball game against Louisville Sunday Feb. 17, 2013 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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First Round, McGrath-Phillips Arena, DePaul

Saturday, March 8

Game 1—No. 10 Providence vs. No. 7 Seton Hall, 4 p.m.

Game 2 – No. 9 Xavier vs. No. 8 Georgetown, 6:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals through championship, Allstate Arena

Sunday, March 9

Game 1 winner vs. No. 2 St. John’s, noon

No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Creighton, 2:30 p.m.

Game 2 winner vs. No. 1 DePaul, 6 p.m.

No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 4 Villanova, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 10

Game 1/St. John’s winner vs. Butler/Creighton winner, 3 p.m.

Game 2/DePaul winner vs. Marquette/Villanova winner, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11

Championship game, 8 p.m.

Updated: March 7, 2014 9:37PM

Big East coach of the year Doug Bruno considers his latest honor one his team earned.

‘‘I’ve always thought it’s the team of the year award,’’ the veteran DePaul coach said after his selection this week. ‘‘I’m totally blessed to have the best people to work for, the best staff and the best players.’’

Bruno’s Blue Demons ended their 24-6 season winning the Big East Conference outright with a record of 15-3 and earning the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which begins Saturday on DePaul’s campus before moving Sunday to Allstate Arena.

DePaul won 13 of its final 14 games and moved into the national rankings this week at No. 25.

The Blue Demons will have a bye into Sunday’s quarterfinals at 6 p.m. and face either Xavier (8-22, 3-15) or Georgetown (10-20, 4-14).

The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

DePaul leads the conference in scoring, averaging 84 points per game, and also ranks in the top 10 of Division I programs.

Four players earned all-conference honors, including junior guard Brittany Hrynko, senior forward Jasmine Penny, junior guard Megan Rogowski and freshman guard Jessica January.

Hrynko and Penny were unanimous first-team selections. Rogowski was an honorable mention player and January was named to the all-freshman team.

‘‘We’re a good basketball team, but when we let our guard down, we can drop off mentally,’’ Bruno said. ‘‘We have to stay sharp and keep our focus. We know we’re known as a team that can score, but you have to have defense and rebounds and the mentality to play in close games, because that’s the way of all tournaments.

‘‘I think our players will be ready to go and we’re looking forward to a great tournament that will be wide open.’’


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