December 30, 2004

Women's Hoops Wins Second Straight

Dec. 30, 2004

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team tied a program record with 14 three-pointers in taking a 78-62 decision over Portland State in non-conference action tonight at the Leavey Center. Guards Quinn Thomas and Ashley Graham scored 14 points apiece to pace the Broncos, who win their second straight and improve to 5-7 overall.

Heidi Stuart netted a game-high 16 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Vikings, who fall to 2-8 on the season. Jameelah Magee added an 11-point, 6-rebound effort for PSU.

Santa Clara leads the country in three-point field goals made per game, and poured in 14 tonight, tying a program record for a team game performance set just two weeks ago against Wisconsin in Madison. Graham netted four treys, while Chandice Cronk, Thomas and Michelle Cozad posted three each. Cronk finished with 11 points and Kasey Monteith pulled in a team-high seven rebounds in other Bronco performances.

The Vikings took an early lead at 4-2, but a three by Thomas gave the home squad the lead and the Broncos never looked back. That three sparked an 18-3 Bronco run to build a double-digit advantage. A Cronk jumper in the final minute of the period gave SCU its biggest lead of the half, at 15 points, but a lay-up and two free throws by Sharon Wahinekapu in the final 30 seconds sent both teams to the lockerroom with SCU holding a 41-30 advantage.

Santa Clara remained ahead through second-half action, and led by as many as 23, at 63-40, after a lay-in by Tori Markey. For the first time this season, head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson used all 14 players, including junior transfer Megan Foy, who nabbed two rebounds in her Bronco debut. Kayla Huss recorded seven assists as the Broncos posted a season-high 21 assists in the contest.

Santa Clara will close out a four-game home stand with the final contest of the non-conference schedule. The Broncos host Eastern Washington on Sunday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. The Eagles are 7-3 overall, and are amid a six-game win streak.