November 28, 2012

Broncos and Matadors Set to Battle Thursday Night at 7 p.m.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara is looking to build on a 3-3 overall record and its recent 82-71 victory over Cleveland State when Cal State Northridge visits the Leavey Center Thursday night at 7 p.m. The home game - SCU's fourth of the season - will be followed by four consecutive road games in December.

Game Notes - Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2012
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (3-2) @ SANTA CLARA (3-3)
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Game #7 • Home Game #4 • Santa Clara, Calif.
Live Video | Live Stats

LIVE COVERAGE
A live pay-per-view video broadcast of Thursday night's game will be available on Santa Clara's official athletics website (SantaClaraBroncos.com). John Nash (play-by-play) will call the action courtside from the Leavey Center. A season pass is available for $49.99 or single games can be viewed for $9.99. Additionally, SCU will offer FREE live stats for all home games courtesy of StatBroadcast.

TICKETS
Season tickets start at just $40 for youth/seniors and $52 for adults.  Single-game tickets start at just $5. For the best value, purchase a Family Plan for $100. The Family Plan includes two adult and three youth tickets to each and every home game. Tickets are available for purchase online at SantaClaraBroncos.com/buytickets or by calling the ticket office directly at 408-554-4660

PROMOTIONS
SCU's Office of Sustainability is promoting Thursday's matchup as the 'The Green Game.' The aim is to highlight all of the ways that the Leavey Center and its users are being sustainable, promoting a sustainable culture, while also providing fans with tips they can use in their own lives.

WEEKLY NOTES
* Santa Clara is led by fifth-year head coach Jennifer Mountain
* The Broncos have gone 14-13 at home over the past two seasons
* SCU beat CSUN 90-72 last season in Northridge
* Santa Clara is 7-1 all-time against CSUN
* All-WCC senior G Meagan Fulps (13.2 ppg) leads the Broncos in scoring
* 6-foot-4 C Ruta Zurauskyte had 22 pts and 16 reb, while junior classmate Ricki Radanovich made 7 threes in Saturday's 82-71 win over Cleveland St.
* Radanovich was named an All-Tournament player at the Nugget Classic  
* Meagan Fulps was named to the 2012-13 Preseason All-WCC team
* Fulps recently became the 21st Bronco to eclipse the 1,000-point mark
* Sophomore G Nici Gilday has established career-high's in assists this season, distributing 6 against No. 4 Stanford and 7 last time out in SCU's win over Cleveland State
* Santa Clara boasts a team GPA of 3.1 and had a league-best three players named to the WCC All-Academic Team last spring
* NEXT UP: A four-game road swing beginning with a trip to play at Long Beach State on Sunday, Dec. 9

HEAD COACH JENNIFER MOUNTAIN
Fifth-year Bronco head coach Jennifer Mountain has improved Santa Clara's win-total in each of her seasons on the Mission campus, while her student-athletes have garnered local, regional and national recognition stemming from their academic achievements and the program's commitment to community service. Mountain and her 2011-12 team won six of its first seven games, the program's best start in over 10 years. SCU finished with 12 wins, the team posted a collective GPA of 3.12 and a league-best three student-athletes were named to the 2012 West Coast Conference All-Academic Team. In her third season at SCU, 2010-11, Mountain led the Broncos to a top-tier finish in the WCC standings and for the third-straight year won at least one postseason game at the conference tournament. The team climbed up the league standings in 2010-11, finishing in a tie for fourth after winning 4 of 7 WCC games at home and winning 11 games overall. Mountain's team closed out the season with a 9-9 record in their last 18 games, including winning back-to-back WCC games twice and beating rival USF at the WCC tournament in March.

The Jen Mountain File:
• Head Coach - Santa Clara University (2008-pres.)
• Assistant Coach- Gonzaga University (2001-08)
• Boys Head Coach - St. George's School (1994-2001)
• Amateur Player - Gonzaga University (1987-91)

QUOTABLE
"I thought it was a complete team effort," said Santa Clara head coach Jennifer Mountain after Saturday's win over Cleveland State. "Ricki hit some big shots for us, which set the tone on the outside, and Ruta did an absolutely wonderful job finishing around the basket. The combination did not let (CSU) focus on one or the other."

RADANOVICH DRAINS SEVEN 3s - NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT
Santa Clara evened its early-season record by out-scoring Cleveland State 8-2 in the final 2:24, sparked by Ricki Radanovich's seventh triple of the afternoon – a new career high for the off-guard from Diablo, Calif. Seven threes was just two shy of the SCU school record. Radanovich was named to the 2012 Nugget Classic All-Tournament Team for her two-game effort in Reno over the Thanksgiving holiday, scoring 21 against CSU and 17 against eventual tournament champion Toledo.

TRENDING

Santa Clara has yet to play in a close game this year, with each game thus far being decided by 10+ points ... SCU is 3-0 when leading at the half and 0-3 when trailing at the break ... The Broncos made 10 of 11 free throws against Cleveland State last time out - following a 5 of 12 night from the line against Toledo.

FULPS REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Meagan Fulps had a record day in Santa Clara's recent win, 80-67 over Utah Valley  (Nov. 17), reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career, making her the 21st Bronco to accomplish the feat. Her deep three with 15:12 in the first half gave the Broncos a 10-6 lead, one that they never relinquished. She ended the afternoon with 15 points, which brought her career total to 1,014. She currently has increased that mark to 1,041.

2012-13 WCC Women's Basketball Standings
Team WCC PCT Overall
Gonzaga 0-0 .000 6-1
San Diego 0-0 .000 3-1
Saint Mary's 0-0 .000 3-2
San Francisco 0-0 .000 3-2
Loyola Marymount 0-0 .000 4-3
BYU 0-0 .000 3-3
Santa Clara 0-0 .000 3-3
Pepperdine 0-0 .000 2-4
Portland 0-0 .000 1-


2012-13 PRESEASON ALL-WCC TEAM

Player School Yr. Pos.

Alex Cowling (LMU) RS-Sr. G/F
Lexi Eaton (BYU) So. G
Meagan Fulps (SCU) Sr. G
Jennifer Hamson (BYU) Jr. C
Amy Kame (USD) Jr. G
Taelor Karr (GU) Sr. G
Danielle Mauldin (SMC) Jr. F
Jackie Nared (SMC) Jr. G
Haiden Palmer (GU) Jr. G
Haley Steed (BYU) Sr. G

2012-13 WCC PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes)

BYU (5) 61
Gonzaga (4) 60
Saint Mary's 48
San Diego 36
Pepperdine 33
Santa Clara 27
Loyola Marymount 25
Portland 24
San Francisco 10

MEAGAN FULPS, LINDSAY LEO NAMED AMONG WCC'S BEST PLAYERS

Santa Clara University seniors Meagan Fulps and Lindsay Leo both drew praise recently in preseason West Coast Conference women's basketball polls. Fulps was voted to the official WCC Preseason All-Conference Team by the league's coaches, while College Sports Madness named Leo to its preseason All-WCC First Team. Fulps, a 5-7 off-guard from Littleton, Colorado, enters her senior year ranked 11th all-time at SCU in career scoring ave. (11.3). She has totaled 962 career points and has twice earned both All-WCC postseason honors and WCC All-Academic accolades. Leo was terrific for the Broncos as a junior last season. The homegrown product of San Jose's Archbishop Mitty High School was a 2011-12 All-WCC Honorable Mention pick after averaging 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per night in WCC play. Leo's 78 career blocks ranks 4th all-time at SCU.

RICH BROWN NAMED ASSISTANT COACH THIS OFFSEASON
Rich Brown '77, the director of Santa Clara University women's basketball development the past three years, has been hired by SCU Head Coach Jennifer Mountain as assistant coach. Brown will continue to have a major impact on the program, moving his focus to mentoring the post players, recruiting, scouting and practice planning.

A former Bronco student-athlete, Brown's coaching resume spans 30-plus years, most recently serving as head basketball coach at San Jose's Presentation High School (2001 through 2007).  During his tenure at Presentation, Brown consistently had the Panthers ranked among the region's Top 20 programs according to the San Francisco Chronicle, while competing in the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), one of the state's top conferences.

EACH AND EVERY DAY! PHOTO ON INSTAGRAM (santaclarawbb)
The Bronco women's basketball program is on Instagram and will be posting a photo every day of the 2012-13 season. Log on to Instagram via your mobile device and follow santaclarawbb!

SANTA CLARA HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2013-14 RECRUITING CLASS
One year removed from bringing in a recruiting class ranked among the nation's best by ESPN, the Santa Clara University women's basketball program and head coach Jennifer Mountain have received National Letters of Intent from five prep stars who will be attending the University and playing for the Broncos in 2013-14.

Taylor Williams – Forward, 5-foot-11 (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge HS)
USA Basketball U17 trials invitee; CHSAA Academic All-State honoree
Johanna Paine – Forward, 6-foot (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)
2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year candidate
Montana Walters – Guard, 5-foot-5 (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)
2011-12 Three Rivers League co-MVP; 7.3 assists per game, 41% 3PT-FG
Marie Bertholdt – Forward, 6-foot-1 (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS)
Led Alameda to a fourth-place finish in the 26-team NCS Div. II standings last year
Beth Carlson – Forward, 6-foot (Mill Creek, Wash./Archbishop Murphy HS)
Two-time Cascade Conference MVP; three-straight Cascade Conference titles
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NEWCOMERS ADD DEPTH, SIZE TO SCU ROSTER

Fifth-year head coach Jennifer Mountain and the Santa Clara University Broncos continue to enhance an already deep roster, adding with four new players this offseason.

"This is a very exciting time for us. I am thrilled with the depth we have on our roster and with the people we are bringing into the program," says Mountain. "Our talent level continues to improve and our collective pool of recruits will help us to compete at a higher level. My assistants have done a great job of targeting student-athletes that fit with the school, our team and our program." read more...

CREATING A CULTURE OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Santa Clara's work ethic on the basketball court has translated into success in the classroom. With a team GPA of 3.1, head coach Jennifer Mountain's emphasis on academic prowess continues to pay off, facilitating a culture that has allowed 10 of the team's 16 players to post GPA's above a 3.0 last spring. An array of majors, including Business, Biology, Engineering and Anthropology, make up a wide range of areas that comprise the team's academic pursuits.

"That's something we look for when we're recruiting," said Mountain, who is now in her fifth season at Santa Clara. "The kids that are excelling in the classroom generally are the kids that excel for me on the floor. I've been very blessed. I don't have to worry about them going to class, and worry about eligibility issues or anything like that."

2011-12 SANTA CLARA HIGHLIGHTS
* WCC Honorable Mention – Alyssa Shoji (Sr. G); Lindsay Leo (Jr. F)
* WCC All-Academic – Ashley Armstrong (Jr. G); Meagan Fulps (Jr. G), Ricki Radanovich (So. G) – SCU leads all schools with three honorees
* WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention – Ruta Zurauskyte (Jr. F)
* Broncos improve their win-total for fourth straight season
* SCU finishes regular season No. 10 in NCAA in 3PT shooting (7.6 pg) as a team
* Alyssa Shoji sets new WCC record for three-pointers made (99)
* Alyssa Shoji finishes as WCC's No. 2 all-time leader in 3PT FG (286)
* Alyssa Shoji finishes career No. 4 all-time at SCU in scoring (1,374)
* Alyssa Shoji also No. 1 all-time at SCU in minutes (3,928), No. 7 in assists (327) and No. 5 in FT% (82.2)
* Alyssa Shoji competes in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships live on ESPN at the Final Four
* Lindsay Leo's 36 blocked shots ranks No. 6 in single-season SCU history
* Lindsay Leo moves into No. 5 all-time at SCU in blocks (70)
* Meagan Fulps makes 17 free throws Nov. 11, 2011; breaking SCU record
* Ruta Zurauskyte named 'National Player of the Week' by Jesuit Basketball
* Santa Clara's 96 points at Sacramento State is 2nd-most in school history on road
* The team's 6-1 start was its best since the 1999-2000 season
* 10 of team's 16 players boast GPA's above 3.0