August 18, 2010

SCU Women's Basketball 2010-11 Schedule Announced

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – The Santa Clara University women's basketball 2010-11 schedule was announced today and it includes 13 home games, non-conference match-ups against the University of Oregon and University of Colorado, as well as hosting Fresno State University in the official season-opener on Friday, November 12.

Under Head Coach Jennifer Mountain, SCU is set to play a challenging 14-game regular-season West Coast Conference schedule, which leads up to the league's championship tournament held in Las Vegas, March 4-7. The Broncos' non-conference slate includes games with members of the Pac-10 Conference, Big 12 Conference, Big West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.

“We are extremely excited to get back on the court,” said Mountain, who guided the Broncos to a pair of WCC tournament wins a year ago. “Our end of the season tournament run last year helped spar renewed energy and a competitive spirit amongst our team. We feel we have a lot to prove and are eager to return to competition.”

The Broncos open the regular season on Friday, November 12 with a non-conference home game against Fresno State University. SCU will play its home games at the Leavey Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara campus, debuting with an exhibition on Tuesday, November 9 against Sonoma State University.

“Our preseason schedule will be good for us,” said Mountain. “We’re going to be tested with many different styles of play and against teams of high caliber."

The Broncos' WCC opener will be played on the road against Bay Area rival University of San Francisco Saturday, January 8. It will be the last game of a four-game road swing for SCU, one of two extended road trips early in the season.
 
The bulk of SCU's WCC home schedule will be played in the month of January and early February. The Broncos will host five league games during that span. Gonzaga University, a perennial NCAA Tournament qualifier, visits the Leavey Center in mid February.

Santa Clara returns three of the league's top players in senior power forward Lena Gipson (one of the nation's top rebounders) and junior guard Alyssa Shoji (the reigning WCC leader in 3-pointers made), while first-year guard Meagan Fulps was named to the league's 2009-10 all-freshman team. The Broncos were one game away from playing for the WCC title last season, advancing to the 2009 WCC tournament's quarterfinals.

“Our team is very young,” added Mountain. “We return 10 of our 13 players as underclassmen. I am extremely impressed with their work ethic and drive and where they want to go. I am very excited about where our team is at right now. The future is bright for Santa Clara women's basketball.”

Season tickets are available for purchase at the Leavey Center ticket office, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Campus, or by calling directly at 408-554-4660, or by purchasing online at SantaClaraBroncos.com. For a ticket order form click here. If you are interested in a private seating selection tour, please call 408-554-4660 to make a reservation today.

2010-11 Santa Clara Women's Basketball Schedule

Nov. 9 - SONOMA STATE (Exhibition)
Nov. 12 - FRESNO STATE                                                                        
Nov. 17 - @ Northern Colorado                                                                                         
Nov. 19 - @ Colorado                                                                                         
Nov. 23 - @ Cal State Bakersfield                                                                       
Nov. 30 - @ South Dakota
Dec. 2 - @ Wichita State
Dec. 5 - SACRAMENTO STATE
Dec. 13 - @ Southern Utah
Dec. 16 - PACIFIC
Dec. 19 - SEATTLE U
Dec. 21 - OREGON
Dec. 27 - @ UC Davis
Dec. 30 - @ Cal Poly                                                                                         
Jan. 2 - @ San Jose State
Jan. 8 - @ San Francisco*
Jan. 13 – SAN DIEGO*
Jan. 15 – ST. MARY'S*
Jan. 20 - @ Gonzaga*
Jan. 22 - @ Portland*
Jan. 27 – PEPPERDINE*
Jan. 29 – LOYOLA MARMOUNT*
Feb. 5 – SAN FRANCISCO*
Feb. 10 - @ St. Mary's*
Feb. 2 - @ San Diego*
Feb. 17 – GONZAGA*
Feb. 19 – PORTLAND*
Feb. 24 - @ Loyola Marymount*
Feb. 26 - @ Pepperdine*
March 4-7 – WCC Championships (Las Vegas, Nev.)