Nov. 15, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA - Santa Clara University power forward Lena Gipson was honored as an all-tournament player at the 2009 KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge, hosted by the University of Iowa.
Despite Gipson's 18 points and 10 rebounds, Santa Clara (1-2) dropped Sunday's game to UCLA 77-51.
As they did against Iowa on Saturday, SCU played well in the first half against UCLA. Alyssa Shoji's three-pointer in the closing moments before the break made it 28-24. Shoji finished with 10 points and four assists Sunday. She made five 3s in Santa Clara's two games in Iowa City.
UCLA (1-1) set a new Hawkeye Challenge tournament record by shooting .636 (7-11) from three-point range against the Broncos. Erica Tukianen tied tournament records for three-pointers made (5) and three-point percentage (.714). Tukianen led four Bruins who posted double figures in scoring, finishing with 21.
Led by tournament MVP Kachine Alexander, the host Hawkeyes (2-0) won the team title, beating Santa Clara 67-51 and Illinois State 75-67. Illinois State (1-1) is coming off an appearance in the WNIT Final Four a year ago.
The field in Iowa is part of a difficult non-conference schedule for Santa Clara. The Broncos will have a week off to prepare for next Tuesday's game at the University of Oregon, November 24.
2009 KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge
Saturday, November 15
Iowa 67, Santa Clara 51
Illinois State 61, UCLA 55
Sunday, November 15
UCLA 77, Santa Clara 51
Iowa 75, Illinois State 67
Kachine Alexander-IA (MVP)