October 11, 2001

Women's Basketball Begins Practice Saturday

Oct. 11, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team will join 318 NCAA Division I basketball programs from across the nation Saturday as its conducts its first practice for the 2001-2002 season.

The opening practice of the year will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Leavey Center. The Broncos will conduct 16 sessions prior to its exhibition opener on Nov. 1. Santa Clara opens its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 17 against the University of the Utah at the Sheraton Four Points Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Santa Clara returns one of the league's top returning three-point tandems and all-WCC team members in senior guards Becki Ashbaugh and Caroline Gruening. The Broncos also bring back junior Tammy Annas, who redshirted the 2000-01 season after tearing her left ACL just four days before practices were to begin, but was a starter as a sophomore. Additionally, SCU returns experienced forwards in juniors Kendra Rhea and Julie Butler.

A variety of season, group, family plan and individual game ticket plans are available for the 2001-2002 season. For information or to purchase tickets online, please call the athletic ticket office at 408-554-4660 or click here.