Thursday, March 11, 2010

Today in DePaul Hoops History - March 11

March 11

Men's Basketball
1979 - Following a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, Hall of Famer Gary Garland set the DePaul record for steals in a game with 10 in the Blue Demon's 89-78 win over USC in Pauley Pavilion. The record effort led to Garland's honoring as the Most Valuable Player at the 1979 West Regional.

The win over USC was the first of two victories over Los Angeles foes, as DePaul would defeat UCLA following a semifinal victory over Marquette. In the Final Four, DePaul would fall to Indiana State and Larry Bird, 76-74. The Blue Demons would close the historic season with a 96-93 win over Penn in the consolation final.

Garland finished his career with 1,214 career points and currently ranks 27th all-time at DePaul. Known as the Music Man, he sang the National Anthem before several DePaul home games.

Women's Basketball
1989 - In the Championship game of the 1989 North Star Conference Tournament, Doug Bruno's squad defeated Northern Illlinois, 76-61, to bring home the conference crown. DePaul's all-time leader in career points Diana Vines poured in 40 points to set a then-school record. The standard now stands fourth all-time.

Vines, the Hall of Famer, wasn't the only one to leave her mark in the record book that game as Veronica Ross recorded 15 assists in the second best assist effort in school history. She actually set the current school record for assists the previous night with 16 assists. Ross holds the top-five single-game assist marks and owns the career mark for assists with 672, more than 200 assists more than Molly Watson's 471 in the No. 2 spot.