Broncos Athletics

Basketballs Name Four to WCC All-Academic Teams

Feb. 20, 2002

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior guard Becki Ashbaugh earned her fourth West Coast Conference All-Academic honor, leading a list of four Broncos who earned recognition, the league announced today.

Ashbaugh, a senior guard from Bellevue, Wash., carries a 3.59 GPA in Operation Management and Information Systems. Joining Ashbaugh in representing the Broncos is two-time honoree Caroline Gruening, a senior guard from Juneau, Alaska, a Combined Sciences major with a 3.77 GPA, and first-time selection Kendra Rhea, a junior forward from Lakeside who is carrying a 3.25 GPA in Electrical Engineering.

On the men's side, senior Justin Holbrook earned his second selection. The senior forward from Cottage Grove, Ore., boasts a 3.36 GPA in Communications.

To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.

This past summer in the latest NCAA Graduation Rate Report of student-athletes, the West Coast Conference ranked fifth in overall student-athlete Graduation Rate. The WCC boasts a 69.5 percent student athlete-graduation rate, which is the highest of any Division I conference west of the Mississippi.

The Santa Clara women (17-8, 7-5 WCC) return home for the final two league contests of the season, hosting Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. The Broncos put their 10-0 record at the Leavey Center on the line as they fight for a second-place finish in the conference standings.

The contest against the Lions is also "Take a Kid to the Game Night", where youth will be admitted for $2 with an adult. On Saturday, the athletic department will honor the team's two seniors, Gruening and Ashbaugh, while also celebrating Fan Appreciation Day. Game times are 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

The men's team will close out its regular season this weekend with key league games at Loyola Marymount and league-leading Pepperdine. Friday's game at LMU is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest at Pepperdine is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. A sweep of both teams would guarantee at least a share of third-place in the final WCC regular-season standings, depending on the weekend results of San Francisco. Santa Clara enters the weekend with a 12-13 overall record and a 7-5 mark in league play following a sweep of San Francisco and Saint Mary's last weekend at the Leavey Center. With two games remaining, the Broncos are guaranteed at least a .500 record in league play for the eighth-straight season.

2002 Women's Basketball WCC All-Academic Team

Becki Ashbaugh *** Santa Clara Senior G 3.59 Management Systems
Katie Davis Saint Mary's Junior G/F 3.63 Business
Melissa Glazebrook*** San Diego Senior G 3.70 Electrical Engineering
Caroline Gruening * Santa Clara Senior G 3.77 Combined Sciences
Lindsey Huff San Francisco Graduate G 3.20 M.A. Sports Management
Shandrika Lee Pepperdine SophomoreG 3.36 Sports Medicine
Jessica Malone* Gonzaga Senior G/F 3.25 Political Science
Nadja Morgan Pepperdine Junior F 3.26 Sports Medicine
Kate Murray* LMU Junior F 3.82 Business
Khalila O'Rielly-Williams Portland Sophomore F 3.40 Biology
Kendra Rhea Santa ClaraJunior F 3.25 Electrical Engineering
Carey Sauer San Francisco Sophomore F 3.80Mathematics

2002 Men's Basketball WCC All-Academic Team

Kyle Bankhead Gonzaga Sophomore G 3.20 Sports Management
Jason Blair San Diego Junior F 3.48 Business
Matt Delzell** San Diego Junior G 3.48 Business
Dan Dickau* Gonzaga SeniorG 3.40 Broadcast Studies
Justin Holbrook*Santa Clara Senior F 3.36 Communications
Cedric Suitt Pepperdine GraduateC 3.33 M.A. in Communications