FORT MYERS, Fla. — DePaul women’s basketball will take a three-day break Nov. 25-27 at the inaugural Elevance Health Fort Myers Tip-Off. The Blue Demons meet No. 14 players from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Towson in the round robin tournament at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the Florida Southwestern State College campus.

Game Info:
vs. No. 14 Maryland | Friday 25 Nov | 10 a.m. CT| FS2 | statistics
vs. Pittsburgh | Saturday 26 Nov | 1 p.m. CT | FSWBucs.com | statistics
vs. Towson | Sunday 27 Nov | 1 p.m. CT | FSWBucs.com | statistics

Opening Tip: DePaul heads into the weekend with a 2-2 record and posted a 98-83 win over RV/RV Miami on Sunday Darrione Rogers and Aneesah Morrow combine for 71 points.

The duo has the Blue Demons on pace in the early stages of the 2022-23 season with Morrow, a preseason AP All-American, averaging 31.5 points per game and 10.8 boards while Rogers is averaging 21.8 points and kick brought 5.8 assists per match.

Notre Dame transmission Anaya peoples has brought her all-around game to Chicago, averaging 9.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in four games. Jorie Allen, who returned to the starting XI after an injury last season, reinforces the front seat alongside Morrow. After losing two guards to injuries, junior Kendall Holmes has risen as lead ball handler.

DePaul ranks 11th in the nation with 89.0 points per game and forces 22.3 turnovers per game. As a team, the Blue Demons have won or shared the rebound fight in all four games and hold a +9.2 lead for the season.

Doug Bruno leads DePaul’s program in his 37th season and holds a 760-370 record while earning his 800th career win in Sunday’s win over Miami.

Exploring Maryland: The 14th-ranked Terrapins go 4-1 at Fort Myers, their only loss coming to 2022 reigning champions No. 1 South Carolina. Prior to the trip to Florida, Maryland took then-No. 19 Baylor 73-68 in Waco last week. Diamond Miller, Terps’ only returning starter, leads by averaging 21.0 points per game, while Princeton transfer Abby Myers has double digits in all five games to average 15.6 points. Brenda Frese is in her 21st season as a leader at College Park and led her program to the 2022 Sweet Sixteen.

Scouting Pittsburgh: Former BIG EAST peer Pitt is 4-0 in the young season after his last win over local rivals Duquesne on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers welcomed five newcomers to their roster and returned nine letter winners from a 2021-22 roster that went 11-19 and 2-16 in ACC promotions. Junior guard Liatu King leads three Pitt players who are averaging double digits with 12.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Lance White is in his fifth season leading the Panthers program.

Scouting Towson: The Tigers, under first-year head coach Laura Harper, started the season with 3-0 victories over Longwood, Saint Francis and the Maryland Eastern Shore. Kylie Kornegay-Lewis leads the team in points (20.7 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and assists (15). Anissa Rivera, a transfer from North Carolina Central, is averaging 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games. A season ago, Towson went 24-8 last to a WNIT bid.

Serial material: The first competition of the tournament sees DePaul and Maryland meet for the second time. The Terps attended the only meeting on November 23, 2001 at a Coaches vs. Cancer event in Ames, Iowa.

Saturday’s meeting marks the first matchup between DePaul and Pittsburgh, former BIG EAST opponents, since 2013. The Blue Demons are 9-4 all-time against the Panthers and have won seven of their last eight encounters, including six in a row.

DePaul and Towson meet for the first time in program history on Sunday. The Blue Demons are 4-0 all-time against current CAA member institutions.

Next: DePaul will return to Chicago before starting the BIG EAST game on Sunday, December 4 with a matchup at the Butler down the street. Tippoff from Hinkle Fieldhouse is scheduled for 1 p.m. with coverage on FloHoops.

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