DePaul women’s basketball: What makes its offense the elite

When Doug Bruno set out to coach DePaul 36 years ago, he had two goals in mind: make a Final Four and entertain people with women’s hoops.

While he and the Blue Demons are still working toward that first goal, they’ve achieved the second this season through Bruno’s progressive offensive philosophy, referred to in the program as “the greenest green light in America.”

“Offense sells tickets, defense wins games and defense and rebounding win championships,” he says, referring to Pat Summitt’s famous quote. “Yes, the ultimate goal is to win championships, but we are still trying to get people to watch women play basketball. … If you’re going to play a slow[ed] down, half-court, robotic style of basketball, that’s hard to watch when it’s the Warriors going against the Lakers.”


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