Broncos Look to Improve in WCC Standings
Jan. 19, 2005
Santa Clara has won five of its last six contests--including its last four at home--and will look to continue its winning ways in key contests against WCC foes Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The Broncos are currently third in the league standings, just one game behind the second-place Lions, and one-half game ahead of the fourth-place Waves. Saturday's game is designated Future Broncos Day, as any youth wearing a jersey will receive $2 admission to the game.
Santa Clara's offense is focused on long ball, as the Broncos are averaging 9.3 three-point field goals made per outing, a .387 clip over 16 contests. Quinn Thomas has made 44 treys at a .373 percentage, and Ashley Graham follows with 40, .482. The Broncos have historically led the West Coast Conference in this category, and last season broke the league season record for threes made during conference play. In November, Santa Clara made 13 three-pointers at Hawaii, tying a program record for a game and setting a Rainbow Wahine Classic new mark. In mid-December, Santa Clara topped that with 14 threes at Wisconsin, also an opponent record for the Badgers. The Broncos matched that effort on Dec. 30 with 14 threes against Portland State.
Santa Clara is averaging an NCAA-best 9.3 three-point field goals per contest, and is ranked 12th in accuracy (.387) and 29th in scoring offense (72.4). Sophomore guard Ashley Graham is ranked seventh in percentage (.482) and 19th in three-point field goals made per game (2.7). Quinn Thomas is tied for 11th in per game average, with 2.8.
Regarding RPI, which is based on winning percentage, schedule strength and opponent schedule strength, Santa Clara is rated 83rd, second best in the league, and the WCC is listed 12th.
Live Audio & Video on the Internet
Santa Clara's entire schedule returns to the Internet, as a live audio broadcast was available for a fourth season on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. Additionally, Leavey Center contests can be followed online with a live statistical tracker, also located on SCU's official athletic website. By logging on, fans can receive real-time updated statistics direct from the official scoring computer, allowing users to listen to the audio broadcast and keep up with the statistics simultaneously. Anthony Passarelli returns as the voice of the Broncos for a fourth season.
Leading the WCC
Santa Clara leads the league in scoring offense (72.4), three-point field goals made per game (9.3), three-point field goal percentage (.387) and is one of only two league teams with a positive turnover margin (2.6). Individually, Quinn Thomas is fourth (14.9) in scoring, followed by Ashley Graham in sixth (12.5) and Michelle Cozad in 11th (10.8). Graham leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.482), is second in three-point field goals made (2.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.84), while ranking fourth in assists (3.8) and sixth in field goal percentage (.489). Thomas leads the league in three-point field goals made (2.8), is third in steals (1.87), and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.373). Additionally, she is the only guard in the top 10 in defensive rebounding, listed eighth with a 3.9 average. Cozad is third in three-point field goal percentage (.446) and fifth in three-point field goals made (1.6). Kasey Monteith is second in field goal percentage (.549) and 15th in rebounding (4.7) and Kayla Huss is ranked sixth in assists (2.9).
WCC Tournament to Return to Santa Clara
The WCC Championship is returning to the Leavey Center for a second straight season. The 14th annual women's tournament will take place March 3-6. In 2002, the league voted to rotate the championship site regionally. After Santa Clara hosts in 2005, the two-year Bay Area rotation will be complete and the WCC tournament will move to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and '07. The 2008 and '09 tournaments will be held in Southern California.
A Look Ahead: Broncos Continue WCC Action at Leavey
Santa Clara will continue the WCC season next weekend, visiting San Diego on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday. Both games have 7 p.m. tip-off times.
The Broncos are scheduled to make one television appearance this season during the WCC slate. Santa Clara will play at Saint Mary's in a Saturday, February 12 game that will tip-off at 7 p.m., with live coverage by Fox Sports Bay Area.
Season/Game Tickets on Sale
Season and individual game tickets for Santa Clara basketball are on sale through the Department of Athletics' official website SantaClaraBroncos.com, and the athletic ticket office at 408-554-4660, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In conjunction with its exclusive Internet partner, College Sports Online, the athletic department has developed an online ticket application that provides fans with the ability to purchase season tickets, family plans, individual matches or an all-sports pass via the official athletic website. A basketball season ticket package that includes the 14 home games is available for the adult price of $75 for general admission, while a family plan provides a family of five admission to each game for the low price of $100. Youth (12 and under) and senior (over 65-years-old) season tickets are also available for $40. Single matches are priced at $7 for adult general admission, $5 for youths and seniors and $2 for SCU students as well Bronco Kidz members. Single game team passes are also available for $35.