Friday, March 5, 2010

This Day in DePaul Hoops History - March 5

March 5

Men's Basketball
1979 - Mark Aguirre scored 45 points against Loyola-Chicago in a 101-99 loss on the road. Following the loss, DePaul rebounded in the NCAA Tournament where it ultimately advanced to the historic match-up against Larry Bird and Indiana State. The 1979 Blue Demons would closed the year with a consolation-round victory over Penn to claim the No. 3 spot in the nation.

The 45-point effort by Aguirre ranks as the third-highest scoring game in school history. Five times in his career, the Chicago native would surpass the 40-point total in a contest. Aguirre, a two-time All-American, is the all-time leading scorer and holds three single-season records as well. The first pick of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, he won two NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons in his 14-year NBA career. His jersey number (24) is one of two that DePaul has retired.

Women's Basketball
2006 - DePaul knocked off Pittsburgh, 69-46, in the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament in Hartford. Caprice Smith knocked down four three-point goals in five attempts in the win over Pittsburgh.

DePaul was led throughout the 2005-06 season by three-time All-American Khara Smith who finished her career as the No. 2 scorer in school history. The women's squad finished with a 27-7 mark and a 11-5 conference record in its first BIG EAST season. The Blue Demons advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in San Antonio, where they dropped a hard-fought 66-56 match-up.