Dec. 8, 2004
Santa Clara will return to action after fall quarter finals with a Saturday game at the Leavey Center against Minnesota. Currently ranked 16th nationally, the Golden Gophers participated in the Final Four last season. They are 6-1 on the year and are led by Janel McCarvill (33 ppg, 10 rpg), a Big Ten preseason Player of the Year candidate.
Santa Clara's offense has focused on long ball during the preseason, as the Broncos are averaging 9.67 three-point field goals made per outing, a .384 clip over the first six contests. Ashley Graham has made 20 treys at a .541 percentage, and Quinn Thomas follows with 14, .333. 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 the Rankings
The Bronco program is known to play a tough schedule on a regular basis, and this year's is no exception. The Broncos have already faced two top-25 teams in its first four outings, taking on 13th-ranked Michigan State and No. 3 Georgia at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. Santa Clara will host No. 16 Minnesota this weekend. Additionally, next week's non-conference opponent UW-Green Bay is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.
Live 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.
In WCC Statistics
Santa Clara leads the league in scoring offense, averaging 73 points per outing, and in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 9.67 each contest. The Broncos are second in three-point field goal percentage (.384), and third in assists (15.50), scoring margin (+1.7) and three-point field goal defense (.284). SCU is fourth in field goal percentage (.419) and blocks (3.67). Individually, Ashley Graham leads the WCC in three-point field goals made (3.33) and three-point field goal percentage (.541), while ranking third in assist/turnover ration (1.50), fourth in scoring (14.7), fifth in assists (3.50) and sixth in field goal percentage (.542). Quinn Thomas is first in assist/turnover ratio (2.33), and 10th in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (4.00). Michelle Cozad is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.474), fifth in three-point field goals made (1.50) and 12th in scoring (10.7).
A Look Ahead: Broncos Travel to Wisconsin
Santa Clara will travel to Wisconsin, America's Dairyland, for two games next week. The Broncos will travel to Madison for a Thursday contest against UW, and then follow with a Saturday night outing against UW-Green Bay. The Bronco program has only faced the Badgers on one other occasion, a 10-point victory in 1992. More recently, the Broncos faced the Phoenix last season, taking a six-point season-opening loss at home. Quinn Thomas made six threes and finished with 18 points in that contest.
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 University's nationally-recognized basketball team 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.