Jan. 20, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara junior guard Kayla Huss hit a three-pointer with 0:00.5 remaining on the clock to down the LMU women's basketball team 54-51 this evening at the Leavey Center. The Lions were down for almost the entire game, but an Amanda Patton three tied the contest at 51 with 8.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Huss drove the length of the court in the final seconds and threw up a shot that banked in for the victory. The win moves SCU past the Lions into second place in West Coast Conference standings with a 3-1 mark. The Broncos are 9-8 overall. Loyola Marymount sees its record evened to 9-9 overall, and down to 3-2 in league action.
It marked Huss' second buzzer-beater of the season, adding to a similarly-exciting basket at San Jose State in early December.
Santa Clara has now won five straight at home. The team will look to extend that streak against Pepperdine on Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest. Youths wearing jerseys will be admitted for a discounted price of $2.
The Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead on two baskets by Jacquelyn Woods, but the Broncos scored 11 straight points to take the lead for good. After SCU went ahead 13-6, the Lions answered with a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 13. The run included two baskets by Woods and was highlighted by a three-pointer by Patton.
Santa Clara pulled ahead in the half, and outscored LMU 12-6 to close out the first half. The Lions shot just 30.8 percent from the field, but held the conference's highest scoring offense to just 32.3 percent shooting in the half. Woods led LMU with eight first-half points, and Jevay Grooms added four. Bronco Tracey Walker scored all eight of her points tonight in first-half action. LMU out-rebounded the Broncos, 22-20, but made 12 turnovers.
LMU started the second half slowly, going 1-for-10 during the first 4:28 of the second half. The Lions' offense finally got started with about 10 minutes remaining in the game. Valerie Ogoke scored six straight points to cut the Bronco lead. Bianca Ziemann made two free throws to reduce the Bronco lead to 46-44, but Santa Clara responded with a three-pointer by Anna Martin to make it a 49-44 game at 5:56. The teams traded misses until Woods' driving lay-up cut the Santa Clara lead to three points, 49-46, at 3:21.
Woods basket at 1:30 made it a one point game, 49-48. On the next SCU possession, Michelle Cozad missed a lay-up, and Woods grabbed the defensive rebound with one minute remaining in the game. She drew a foul by Martin, but missed the front end the one-and-one. Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, but missed the putback. SCU grabbed the rebound, forcing LMU to foul.
Cozad hit both free throws to extend the SCU lead to three points, 51-48 with 19 seconds remaining in regulation. On the next LMU possession, Patton got the ball from Ziemann and stepped back to hit a three with 8.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 51.
With overtime looming, Huss drove the ball to right in front of the Bronco bench, and threw up the game-winner with virtually no time remaining on the clock. Mary Turner's attempt from half-court was after the buzzer.
Woods led all scorers with 12 points, and recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Patton scored eight points for LMU and Jenni Smith had seven. The Lions finished the game shooting 32.2 percent. The Lions managed just four assists and finished with 18 turnovers.
The Broncos shot 41.7 percent in the second half, and were led by Martin's nine points. Kasey Monteith had eight rebounds for SCU.