January 6, 2005

Women's Hoops Falls at Gonzaga in WCC Opener

Jan. 6, 2005

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team opened the West Coast Conference season with a 85-50 loss to Gonzaga tonight at the McCarthy Athletic Center. The Broncos are now 6-8 on the season, 0-1 in league play.

Gonzaga improves to 12-2, 1-0. Raenna Jewell led the Bulldogs with 19 points, making five of six from three-point range. Gonzaga finished with 13 treys, tying an opponent record for the Broncos. The Bulldogs also shot 54 percent from the field and 62 percent from three-point range.

Quinn Thomas celebrated her 22nd birthday with an 11-point, 11-rebound performance for the team's first double-double of the season. She outscored Gonzaga 7-0 during a brief run in the second half, scoring with a three, a drive and a putback. Kasey Monteith also scored 11 points and Michelle Cozad followed with nine.

Gonzaga hit eight of 13 three-pointers in the first half, and scored 16 points off Bronco turnovers, en route to a 41-27 advantage at intermission. Ashley Burke had 10 points and six rebounds in leading the Bulldog charge.

The Bulldogs extended that lead through the second half. Burke finished with 14 points, while Shannon Mathews poured in 12 assists and 11 points. Anne Bailey also reached double digits with 10 points.

Santa Clara remains in the snowy Northwest for continuing WCC action, and will play at Portland on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. The Pilots are 5-8 overall, and opened league action with a loss to Saint Mary's.