March 9, 2011

Foster Named February's WCC Player of the Month; Get Tickets Today for CIT!

Video of Coach Keating and Yannick Atanga Passing Out Flyers on Campus Friday!  Funny!

Great Video of Bronco Team from Practice Wednesday: These Guys LOVE to compete!

CIT Video!

Named earlier Wednesday morning to the NABC All-District Team (click here for the release), Bronco sophomore-redshirt Kevin Foster was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for February Wednesday afternoon. Foster joins Bronco All-American and 2009 WCC Player of the Year John Bryant as the latest Bronco to be named Player of the Month in the final month of the regular season as Bryant was honored as the February Player of the Month in 2009.

Santa Clara's Lena Gipson was named the WCC Women's Basketball Player of the Month for February (click here to read release) and freshman Katie Le was named the WCC Women's Tennis Player of the Month as well (click here to read release).

The Bronco basketball team will participate in the post-season for the first time in 15 years after accepting a spot in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).  The Broncos will host a home game Tues., March 15 in the Leavey Center against an opponent that is to be determined Sun., March 13 when the CIT bracket is announced. Tickets are available for the March 15 game by calling 408-554-4660 or by visiting www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.  Current Santa Clara season-ticket holders should call (408-554-4660) or come into the ticket office to purchase their CIT tickets.  Click here to buy tickets now for Santa Clara's CIT game on Tues., March 15.

Foster averaged 20.1 ppg in 31.9 mpg in the month of February. He also averaged 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.5 spg. He hit 33 threes in the month, including eight at Gonzaga and seven two nights later at Portland. He scored 16+ points in six of the eight games and shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line. He has already broken the Bronco single season records for points scored, threes made and threes attempted. This season he is leading the league with 19.4 ppg, including a league-leading 20.4 ppg in WCC play. He leads the country in threes made per game, threes made and threes attempted. He is second on the team with 3.7 apg and 1.6 apg. His 117 threes are tied for third-best ever in a single season in the WCC.  

Foster had a terrific month in January as well, as he hit double figures in seven of eight games, averaging 20.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 4.1 apg on the month. He hit 6+ threes in three games, scoring 19+ points in five games, including a career-high 36 in the win over Gonzaga. He was 13 of 13 from the free throw line at LMU and it was the best 100.0 percent mark for a Bronco since Steve Nash hit 21 of 21 vs. Saint Mary's in a 75-71 Bronco win on 1/7/95.

"Coming back from a broken foot this season, I really didn't know what to expect. I look for the best out of myself because that was how I was raised. I am excited, but I always want to do better. I learned a long time ago you never can settle – we want to get better everyday as a team," said Foster. "We played in February against guys like Jared Stohl of Portland, Michael Williams of USF, Mickey McConnell of Saint Mary's and Drew Viney of LMU – there are some very good players in this league so its an honor to be named Player of the Month."

Foster was twice-named the Player of the Week this season (Dec. 8 and Jan. 24).  He was named to the All-WCC First Team in early March.

"I think we have a lot of talent on our team, too. Marc Trasolini has been playing really well as of late and we look for him to continue that play," continued Foster.  "Without Troy Payne our defense would non-existent because he leads our defense. I was happy the WCC coaches named him Defender of the Year. Ben Dowdell is our energy player. When Ben sees someone not giving 100 percent, he lets us know and tells us to pick it up. Evan Roquemore doesn't play like a freshman, he is really smart with the ball. He helps us a lot with his ball movement because even though he is young he is like a coach out there. Niyi Harrison, Michael Santos and Raymond Cowels III have been working hard as well. We are excited to be playing next week. The school hasn't been to the post-season in 15 years. Our goal is to go to the NCAA Tournament and hopefully this will help us in the future. It's going to be a learning experience and hopefully that will help us in the future to know what to do and not to do as we play in the post-season."

"We rely on him to do so much for our team and he gets the job done," said Payne. "He is always poised, if he misses one shot, he goes after it the next time again. If we need a big play he isn't afraid to step up and make a big play. I am pumped about playing in the game next week. I wish it was today!"