Sunday, March 7, 2010

Today in DePaul Hoops History - March 7

March 7

Men's Basketball
1992 - Stephen Howard scored a career-high 31 points in the Blue Demon's 66-65 win over Notre Dame in Allstate Arena. Howard clinched the win with a free throw with less than a second remaining on the clock. The win over the Irish capped a 19-7 regular season. The Blue Demons advanced to the NCAA tournament but fell to New Mexico State in an opening match-up in Tempe, Ariz.

Howard teamed with fellow senior David Booth to lead DePaul in scoring. The pair averaged 17.1 and 17.4 points per game, respectively. Howard concluded his career no. 5 in both career scoring and rebounding in Blue Demon history. Howard owns the distinction of playing in more games than any other Blue Demon.

Howard earned the honor of becoming the first and only first-team Academic All-America selection, receiving the honor in both 1991 and 1992. The 6-10 forward played six years in the NBA prior to a productive basketball career playing around the globe.

Women's Basketball
1981 - Under the direction of DePaul Hall of Famer Coach Ron Feiereisel, the Blue Demons defeated Illinois, 87-75, in the consolation round of the IAIAW State Tournament played in Chicago. The win earned DePaul its 18th win of the season. DePaul would advance to the AIAW Midwest Regional where they fell, 53-47, to Detroit.

The 1981 team was captained by JoAnn Feiereisel and Carolynn Connors. Feieresel shattered the single-season scoring record and rebounding marks by more than 100 points and 100 boards, respectively. The 1981 season also saw the emergence of a future star in Barbra Atsaves who compiled a team-leading 76 assists.