Broncos Face Co-League Leaders Pepperdine, LMU
Feb. 7, 2001
Santa Clara's women's basketball (15-5, 6-2 WCC) sits in a three-way tie for first place and faces the other two teams that are tied with them at the top this weekend. The Broncos travel to Southern California for back-to-back games, taking on Loyola Marymount on Friday in Los Angeles and Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.
Garrison Named WCC Player of the Month for January
Santa Clara senior forward Annie Garrison was named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Month for January, the league announced on Tuesday. Garrison averaged 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game as the Broncos rolled to a 7-1 record last month. She scored in double figures six times and notched two double-doubles. One of those was a 16-point and career-high 18-rebound performance against Loyola Marymount that helped her earn Player of the Week honors for Jan. 15. She also scored her 1,000th career point in a 25-point, 10-rebound performance at San Francisco. Garrison shot more than 80 percent from the floor in five of Santa Clara's eight games, and 67.2 percent for the month, and was 79.5 percent from the free throw line. She ended the month as the WCC's leader in field goal percentage and blocked shots during conference play, as well as the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder.
Follow the Broncos Live on the Internet
Santa Clara now offers fans a live Internet audio broadcast on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com for all women's regular-season games. This new feature to the women's program began with the Jan. 2 game against Columbia. Dan Harrington is in his first season as the voice of the Broncos. Additionally, the Broncos' home-opener against Maryland on Dec. 27 marked the launching of a new feature that allows fans to follow each home game with a live statistical tracker. Fans can receive real-time updated statistics direct from the official courtside scoring computer for the team's remaining three home contests, allowing users to listen to the audio broadcast and keep up with the statistics simultaneously.
Scouting the LMU Lions
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 28-6
First Meeting: 1985 - Santa Clara won (75-32) Dec. 14 in Los Angeles
Last Meeting: 2001 - Santa Clara won (66-55) Jan. 13 in Santa Clara
SCU Largest Margin of Victory: 44, on Feb. 13, 1992 (85-41) and Feb. 13, 1998 (93-49), both in Santa Clara
LMU Largest Margin of Victory: 10 on Jan. 22, 2000 (82-72) in Los Angeles
Notable: The Lions are 8-1 at Gersten Pavilion this season... LMU has won 11 of its last 13 games... junior guard Bryn Britton 14.4 points per game, leading three other players that also average double digits... sophomore center Shannon Wosman and junior guard Rosa Bernasconi are out for the remainder of the year due to ACL injuries suffered earlier this season... LMU has already clinched just the fourth winning season in program history.
Scouting the Pepperdine Waves
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 22-14
First Meeting: 1979- Pepperdine won (71-52) Dec. 14 in Malibu
Last Meeting: 2001 - Santa Clara won (79-67) Jan. 11 in Santa Clara
SCU Largest Margin of Victory: 21 on Feb. 21, 1991 (70-49) in Santa Clara
Pepperdine Largest Margin of Victory: 19 on Dec. 14, 2979 (71-52) in Malibu
Notable: In the midst of a five-game win streak... four players are averaging double-digit scoring, led by Damaris Hinojosa's 14.3 points per game.
Garrison, Team Ranked Nationally
Santa Clara is tied for 17th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 58.8 points. Senior Annie Garrison is tied for 17th nationally in blocked shots, averaging 2.0 per game, with 39 on the season. Additionally, Santa Clara's 65.2 percent field goal night against Pepperdine on Jan. 11 is currently tied for the ninth best mark in the NCAA this season. The Broncos were 30-46 from the field in the 79-67 conference victory.
Broncos Secure 11th Straight Win Season
With just six regular season games left, the Broncos have already clinched the 11th-straight winning season for the program and 17th overall in 37 years.
Coming From Behind
Santa Clara's win over Portland marked the third come-from-behind victory for the Broncos in a five-game stretch. Down by two at half time, SCU rallied in the second half for a seven-point win. The week before saw the Broncos down by five at intermission at San Francisco, before outscoring the Dons 41-31 in the second half for a 69-64 victory on Jan. 20. Santa Clara began conference play overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit vs. Pepperdine to win 79-67 on Jan. 11. On the other hand, the only halftime lead the Broncos didn't protect was this past weekend at San Diego, where SCU held a four-point advantage but lost by one.
The WCC Tournament
For the first time in four years, the Broncos will have to travel for the chance at the league title. The league is leaving the mission campus for the first time in three years to host its annual basketball showcase, as the 2001 WCC women's basketball championships is scheduled to take place March 1-5 at San Diego's new Jenny Craig Pavilion. Renovations to the Leavey Center prompted the change in venue. Please call 408-554-4660 for tickets.