Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This Day in DePaul Hoops History - March 2

March 2

Men's Basketball
2006 - In one of the most exciting games in the last decade, DePaul crushed Syracuse 108-69 at Allstate Arena. The Jerry Wainwright-led Blue Demons knocked down a Allstate Arena-record 16 three-point goals. In all, seven Blue Demons knocked down a trey (Karron Clarke (5), Sammy Mejia (4), Draelon Burns (3), Wilson Chandler (1), Marcus Heard (1), Cliff Clinkscales (1) and Rashad Woods (1). For the game, DePaul shot 57.1 percent from outside the arc and closed the book shooting 62 percent overall from the field.

See the historic Stat Sheet, Click HERE

2000 - The date also celebrates the biggest crowd in DePaul's history at Allstate Arena. In 2000, a crowd of 18,253 fans jammed Allstate Arena to watch the Blue Demons battle Cincinnati. Four of the Blue Demon (Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Steve Hunter and Paul McPherson) would go on to play in the NBA. Cincinnati would prove to be too much, narrowly edging DePaul, 64-62.

Game Highlights - Click HERE

Sports Illustrated Game Story - Click HERE

Women's Basketball
2001 - Lenae Williams scored 38 points in DePaul's opening-round 74-56 victory in the Conference USA Tournament. The 38-point effort stands as the sixth-most prolific single-game effort in Blue Demon women's history.  Williams, DePaul's No. 4 all-time scorer, four times scored 38 or more points in a game.

That 2001 squad advanced two rounds in the Conference USA Tournament before being defeated by Cincinnati, 65-52, in the semifinals . DePaul advanced to the 2001 WNIT and won an opening-round game over UNI, before losing a 73-62 match-up on the road against Ohio State.

Special Congratulations to Doug Bruno and his 2010 women's squad for reaching the 20-win plateau for the 18th in school history by defeating South Florida last evening.