Dec. 14, 2004
Santa Clara will travel to Wisconsin for two games this week. The Broncos will travel to Madison for a Thursday contest against UW (4-4), and then follow with a Saturday afternoon outing against UW-Green Bay (6-2). 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.
Santa Clara's offense has focused on long ball during the preseason, as the Broncos are averaging 8.7 three-point field goals made per outing, a .363 clip over the first seven contests. Ashley Graham has made 20 treys at a .488 percentage, and Quinn Thomas follows with 15, .313. 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.
Thursday's match up will feature behind-the-arc offense, as Wisconsin is averaging a Big Team-leading 6.71 triples per game (school record average is 5.8) and 19.8 attempts per game (school record is 17.3).
Playing the Nation's Best
The Bronco program is known to play a tough schedule on a regular basis, and this year's is no exception. The Broncos recently faced three top-25 teams in a 15-day span, taking on 13th-ranked Michigan State and No. 3 Georgia at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, and following with a contest against No. 16 Minnesota last weekend. Additionally, one of this week's non-conference opponents, UW-Green Bay, is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.
Assistant Coach has Wisconsin Connections
Assistant Coach Tanya Bauer is a 1998 graduate of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A four-year -letterwinner, she received Kodak NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention recognition in 1998, when she was also first-team all-conference and the team's most valuable player. Bauer, who coached at her alma mater during the 1999-2000 season, also was a member of the all-conference defensive team three consecutive years. Bauer concluded her career with 1,022 points and currently ranks 12th in Blugold history. She also ranks 10th in assists (271) and 14th in rebounds (513). Bauer owns the single-season Wisconsin-Eau Claire record for three-point shooting (.463), and the single-game record by converting 12-12 free throws in a 1997 game. She led her teams to the NCAA Division III tournament all four seasons, advancing to the Elite Eight on two occasions, which included a national runner-up finish in the Final Four her junior season.
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.
Leading the WCC
Santa Clara leads the league in scoring offense, averaging 68.6 points per outing, and in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 8.71 each contest. The Broncos are second in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and three-point field goal defense (.301). Individually, Santa Clara is the only squad to have four players rank in the top 20 in league scoring, showcasing the team's depth and talent. Ashley Graham is fifth (12.6) and followed by Quinn Thomas in sixth (11.7), while Michelle Cozad is 14th (10.6) and Ashley Gonnerman is 20th (8.9). Graham leads the WCC in three-point field goals made (2.86) and is second in three-point field goal percentage (.488), while ranking third in assist/turnover ration (1.35), and fifth in assists (3.29) and field goal percentage (.500). Thomas is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.75), third in three-point field goals made (2.14) and sixth in assists (3.00). Cozad is first in three-point field goal percentage (.500) and sixth in three-point field goals made (1.57). Gonnerman is ranked eighth in blocked shots (0.86).
WCC Tournament to Return to Santa Clara
League Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced in April that the WCC Championship will return to the Leavey Center in 2005. The 14th annual women's tournament will take place March 3-6, while the 19th annual men's event will be played March 4-7.
The 2005 edition was originally slated to be held in War Memorial Gym at San Francisco. However, the Dons are unable to host the event due to construction delays on major renovations to the facility. In 2002, the league voted to rotate the championship site regionally. After SCU 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 Stay Close to Home during Holidays
Santa Clara will close the non-conference season with a four-game homestand. The Broncos will open at Leavey on Dec. 21, hosting Tulsa, and will follow after Christmas with Nevada on Dec. 28, Portland State on Dec. 30 and Eastern Washington on Jan. 2.
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.