Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This Day in DePaul Hoops History - March 3

March 3

Men's Basketball
1962 - M.C. Thompson scored 39 points in DePaul's 87-80 win over Notre Dame in Alumni Hall. The 6-5 junior forwarded averaged 16.3 points per game in 1962 and sported a 15.6 ppg average in his 1,111 point career. Thompson captained the 1963 NIT team and holds DePaul's record for rebounding average for both the career and season at 13.7 and 15.4 rpg, respectively. A Chicago Prep at Marshall High School, Thompson was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1963 NBA Draft.

Women's Basketball
1996 - Latasha Byears scored 38 points in DePaul's 93-87 overtime loss to Memphis in the Conference USA Tournament.  The Tigers upset DePaul after the Blue Demons won the regular-season title with a 13-1 league mark. The squad captained by Byears, Tawona Alhaleem and Becky Blacharcyzk advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Southern Methodist before being ousted by the host Iowa Hawkeyes.

Byears capped her two-year career among the DePaul's greats by being named first-team All-America by the AP and College Sports Magazine. Her 1,423 career points ranks 13th and her average of 24.5 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per contest are Blue Demon standards. She is one of five DePaul players to play in the WNBA.