Women's Basketball

2013-14 Santa Clara Women's Basketball News

  • Broncos Set Commissioner's Honor Roll Record for Second Straight Year
    July 23, 2014
    Broncos Set Commissioner's Honor Roll Record for Second Straight Year The West Coast Conference announced its 13th annual Commissioner's Honor Roll Tuesday, and 141 Santa Clara Broncos were recognized with honors for their athletic success and academic excellence. Santa Clara had 18 student-athletes receive gold honors (3.75-4.00 GPA) and 33 student-athletes receive silver honors (3.50-3.74 GPA). The Broncos set a new record of student athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, breaking the previous mark of 133 in the 2012-13 school year.
  • EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Photo Day
    June 17, 2014
    EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Photo Day Santa Clara women's basketball takes its turn in the EYEBRONCO photo day series. Marie Bertholdt and Brooke Gallaway talk with reporter Cali Reis about their selfie game, go-to meal after a practice and roommates on the team.
  • Meet Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Bianca Ziemann
    June 12, 2014
    Meet Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Bianca Ziemann Bianca Ziemann enters her first season as an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 2014-15. She spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Oregon. Ziemann first joined the Ducks for the 2012-13 season after accumulating four seasons of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels since playing professionally in Europe.
  • Meet Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Shandrika Lee
    June 11, 2014
    Meet Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Shandrika Lee Shandrika Lee enters her first season as an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 2014-15. She spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Oregon women’s basketball program.
  • Meet Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach Toriano Towns
    June 10, 2014
    Meet Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach Toriano Towns Toriano Towns enters his first season as an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 2014-15. He spent the last five seasons as associate head coach for Southern Utah. Towns served as SUU’s recruiting and defensive coordinator, assisted with the planning of practice sessions, conditioning, scouting, and also worked with the Thunderbird post players.
  • New Women's Basketball Head Coach JR Payne Has Had Busy First Week Back
    April 25, 2014
    New Women's Basketball Head Coach JR Payne Has Had Busy First Week Back After serving as an assistant coach in 2008-09 on the Mission campus, JR Payne (JP) is back as the head coach of the Santa Clara women’s basketball team. With just over a week under her belt with her new team, Payne spoke with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) about the whirlwind of being back in the Bay Area.
  • EYEBRONCO: Meet Women's Basketball Head Coach JR Payne
    April 14, 2014
    EYEBRONCO: Meet Women's Basketball Head Coach JR Payne On April 6, 2014, JR Payne was named the ninth head women's basketball coach at Santa Clara. She stopped by to talk with EYEBRONCO on Monday about returning to the Mission Campus — where she is a former assistant coach — to take the helm for the 2014-15 season.
  • Santa Clara Names JR Payne As Ninth Head Women's Basketball Coach
    April 06, 2014
    Santa Clara Names JR Payne As Ninth Head Women's Basketball Coach After leading Southern Utah University to a school-record 23 wins this season and advancing to the national postseason for the first time in school history, Santa Clara University is thrilled to announce it has hired JR Payne as the Broncos ninth head women’s basketball coach on Sunday. Payne has been the head coach at Southern Utah for the past five seasons and prior to that, Payne was an assistant coach on the Mission campus in 2008-09. An All-WCC point guard who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1999, Payne has also served as an assistant coach at Boise State and Gonzaga.
  • Join Us At The Bronco Bench Foundation Annual Bocce Ball Tournament March 16
    March 11, 2014
    Join Us At The Bronco Bench Foundation Annual Bocce Ball Tournament March 16 Come join us for the Bronco Bench Foundation Annual Bocce Ball Tournament at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos on March 16th at 4:30 pm. Put together a team of six for $1500 or come as a spectator for $50. Entrance fee includes unlimited food and drinks. Catch up with old friends and reunite with fellow Broncos.
  • Women's Basketball's Season Ends with Loss to Pepperdine in WCC Tournament
    March 06, 2014
    Women's Basketball's Season Ends with Loss to Pepperdine in WCC Tournament In the opening round of the West Coast Conference Tournament from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Pepperdine by a final of 80-74. The loss ends the Broncos season at 10-20 overall and 6-12 in WCC action while the Waves are now 6-24 overall and 1-17 in conference play.
  • Bronco Women Head to Las Vegas to Take on Pepperdine in WCC Tournament
    March 04, 2014
    Bronco Women Head to Las Vegas to Take on Pepperdine in WCC Tournament With the regular season in the rearview mirror, Santa Clara women’s basketball heads to Las Vegas for the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Broncos will face Pepperdine at 12 p.m. on Thurs., March 6 at the Orleans Arena. The Broncos are the No. 7 seed with an overall record of 10-19 and a 6-12 mark in WCC play while Pepperdine is the 10th seed with an overall record of 5-24 and a WCC record of 1-17. The matchup will be broadcast live on BYUtv and TheW.tv and will be called by Spencer Linton and Kristen Kozlowski. The winner will advance to play second-seeded BYU Fri., March 7 at 2 p.m. with the same broadcast schedule.
  • Women's Basketball Faces Pepperdine Thursday at 12 in WCC Tournament
    March 03, 2014
    Women's Basketball Faces Pepperdine Thursday at 12 in WCC Tournament Santa Clara women’s basketball will face off against Pepperdine in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament Thurs., March 6 at 12 p.m. at the Orleans Arena. The Broncos are the No. 7 seed with a 6-12 mark in WCC play while Pepperdine is the 10th seed with a 1-17 record. The matchup will be broadcast live on BYUtv and TheW.tv and will be called by Spencer Linton and Kristen Kozlowski. The winner will advance to play second-seeded BYU Fri., March 7 at 2 p.m. with the same broadcast schedule.
  • Two Women's Basketball Players Honored by WCC
    March 03, 2014
    Two Women's Basketball Players Honored by WCC Santa Clara women’s basketball had two players honored by the West Coast Conference for their performances on the court. Junior guard Nici Gilday was named All-WCC Honorable Mention and freshman Jo Paine was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.
  • Nici Gilday Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week
    March 03, 2014
    Nici Gilday Named Women's Basketball Player of the Week After a record-setting week, Nici Gilday of Santa Clara women’s basketball was named the West Coast Conference Player of the week. Gilday scored a program-best 40 points vs. LMU on Feb. 27 and followed it up with 22 vs. Pepperdine on March 1.
  • Bronco Women Win on Senior Day
    March 01, 2014
    Bronco Women Win on Senior Day On Senior Day, Santa Clara women’s basketball beat Pepperdine by a final of 67-61. The win puts the Broncos at 10-19 overall and 6-12 in WCC action while the Waves are now 5-24 overall and 1-17 in conference play.
  • Two Women's Basketball Players Named WCC All-Academic
    February 28, 2014
    Two Women's Basketball Players Named WCC All-Academic With the end of the regular season here and the conference tournament fast approaching, Santa Clara women’s basketball had two players named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team. Nici Gilday was named to the All-Academic Team while Ruta Zurauskyte was named Honorable Mention.
  • Women's Basketball Hosts "We Back Pat" Game vs. LMU
    February 27, 2014
    Women's Basketball Hosts "We Back Pat" Game vs. LMU Santa Clara women’s basketball will host its first ‘We Back Pat!” game vs. LMU tonight. The game is a tribute to Pat Summitt and her foundation dedicated to Alzheimer’s research, The Pat Summitt Foundation.
  • Gilday Scores Program-Best 40 Points But Broncos Fall to LMU
    February 27, 2014
    Gilday Scores Program-Best 40 Points But Broncos Fall to LMU With seeding in the conference tournament on the line, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to LMU by a final of 88-74. The loss puts the Broncos at 9-19 overall and 5-12 in WCC action while the Lions are now 9-19 overall and 6-11 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Hosts LMU Thursday, Pepperdine Saturday for Senior Day
    February 26, 2014
    Women's Basketball Hosts LMU Thursday, Pepperdine Saturday for Senior Day Getting set to finish the regular season, Santa Clara women’s basketball hosts LMU Thurs., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and Pepperdine Sat., March 1 at 2 p.m. on Senior Day. Last week the Broncos fell at Pacific before upsetting Saint Mary’s 89-83 on the road. The split has Santa Clara at 9-18 overall and 5-11 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Goes on the Road to Take Down Saint Mary's
    February 22, 2014
    Women's Basketball Goes on the Road to Take Down Saint Mary's Wrapping-up the regular season road portion of its schedule, Santa Clara women’s basketball knocked off Saint Mary’s by a final of 89-83. This was the first win for Santa Clara vs. Saint Mary’s since an 82-55 win at the WCC Tournament in 2009. It was the first regular season win vs. the Gaels since an 84-71 win in Moraga on Jan. 7, 2007. It was also the first time head coach Jennifer Mountain or any of the current players have topped Saint Mary’s. The win puts the Broncos at 9-18 overall and 5-11 in WCC action while the Gaels are now 20-7 overall and 10-6 in conference play.
  • Bronco Women Drop Road Contest to Pacific
    February 20, 2014
    Bronco Women Drop Road Contest to Pacific Heading into the last road trip of the regular season, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to Pacific by a final of 64-47. The loss puts the Broncos at 8-18 overall and 4-11 in WCC action while the Tigers are now 15-10 overall and 10-5 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Finishes Up Regular Season Road Schedule at Pacific, Saint Mary's
    February 19, 2014
    Women's Basketball Finishes Up Regular Season Road Schedule at Pacific, Saint Mary's Entering the final road weekend of the regular season, Santa Clara women’s basketball heads to Pacific Thurs., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and Saint Mary’s Sat., Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Last week the Broncos took down San Francisco 74-73 on the road in a thrilling game. The win has Santa Clara at 8-17 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
  • Late Three Lifts Broncos Past Dons on the Road
    February 15, 2014
    Late Three Lifts Broncos Past Dons on the Road Trying to get back in the win column, Santa Clara women’s basketball beat San Francisco by a final of 74-73. The win puts the Broncos at 8-17 overall and 4-10 in WCC action while the Dons are now 9-16 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
  • Bronco Women Head to San Francisco for Rivalry Game
    February 13, 2014
    Bronco Women Head to San Francisco for Rivalry Game With just one game this week, Santa Clara women’s basketball faces local rival San Francisco on Sat., Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Last week the Broncos fell to BYU and San Diego at home. The Broncos are now 7-17 overall and 3-10 in WCC play.
  • Ruta Zurauskyte Opens Up About Her Final Season as a Bronco
    February 10, 2014
    Ruta Zurauskyte Opens Up About Her Final Season as a Bronco Redshirt senior Ruta Zurauskyte (RZ) is hoping that her experience on the court will help lead her team to success. Remembering their incredible comeback against Southern Utah University two years ago, Zurauskyte talks a little bit about her fifth and final year here at Santa Clara.
  • Second Half Sinks Women's Basketball vs. San Diego on Alumni Day
    February 08, 2014
    Second Half Sinks Women's Basketball vs. San Diego on Alumni Day On alumni day, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to San Diego by a final of 72-44. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-17 overall and 3-9 in WCC action while the Toreros are now 19-5 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
  • Broncos Drop Overtime Contest to BYU
    February 06, 2014
    Broncos Drop Overtime Contest to BYU In its third overtime game of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to BYU by a final of 87-80. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-16 overall and 3-8 in WCC action while the Cougars are now 18-5 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
  • Bruno and Choppelas to Have Jerseys Honored at Halftime of San Diego Game Saturday
    February 05, 2014
    Bruno and Choppelas to Have Jerseys Honored at Halftime of San Diego Game Saturday At halftime of the San Diego game at 2 p.m. on Sat. Feb. 8, Santa Clara will honor the jerseys of two Bronco greats in Caren Choppelas Horstmeyer '84 and Liz Bruno '82. Bruno is the only women's basketball player in Santa Clara history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Choppelas finished her time at Santa Clara No. 1 on the all-time scoring list and currently sits at No. 3. She was also the head coach of the Broncos from 1988-2000 and led the team to the 1991 WNIT title.
  • Broncos Host BYU, San Diego; Honor Two Jerseys Saturday
    February 05, 2014
    Broncos Host BYU, San Diego; Honor Two Jerseys Saturday Coming off a tough four-game road trip vs. three of the top teams in the West Coast Conference, Santa Clara women’s basketball returns to the Leavey Center for a pair of games. The Broncos play BYU Thurs., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and San Diego at 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 8. Last week Santa Clara fell at No. 23 Gonzaga and at Portland. The Broncos are now 7-15 overall and 3-8 in WCC play.
  • Second Half Runs Sink Santa Clara at Portland
    February 01, 2014
    Second Half Runs Sink Santa Clara at Portland In a game that saw a combined 46 free throws attempted, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Portland by a final of 75-55. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-15 overall and 3-7 in WCC action while the Pilots are now 12-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
  • Catching Up with Sophomore Katherine Hawkins Off the Court
    January 30, 2014
    Catching Up with Sophomore Katherine Hawkins Off the Court With one year under her belt, Katherine Hawkins has learned a lot about being tough on the court. Now a sophomore, Hawkins is playing hard for her team to lead them to success. Santa Clara Broncos got the chance to ask her how she is feeling half-way through the season and all the reasons she loves being a Bronco.
  • Santa Clara Can't Handle Gonzaga on the Road
    January 30, 2014
    Santa Clara Can't Handle Gonzaga on the Road Playing in one of the toughest environments in the country, Santa Clara women's basketball lost to No. 22 Gonzaga by a final of 89-37. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-14 overall and 3-6 in WCC action while the Bulldogs are now 19-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Heads to Pacific Northwest for Pair of Games
    January 28, 2014
    Women's Basketball Heads to Pacific Northwest for Pair of Games At the midway point of the conference season, Santa Clara women’s basketball heads to the Northwest to take on Gonzaga and Portland. The Broncos face Gonzaga Thurs., Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. and Portland Sat., Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Last week Santa Clara fell on the road to San Diego and BYU. The Broncos are 7-13 overall this season and 3-6 in West Coast Conference play.
  • Santa Clara Falls on the Road to BYU
    January 25, 2014
    Santa Clara Falls on the Road to BYU Wrapping-up a tough weekend on the road, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to BYU by a final of 61-44. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-13 overall and 3-5 in WCC action while the Cougars are now 16-4 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
  • EYEBRONCO: EYEBRONCO Takes On Santa Clara Basketball
    January 24, 2014
    EYEBRONCO: EYEBRONCO Takes On Santa Clara Basketball EYEBRONCO reporters Kendra Cavaney and Sofia Huerta joined Bronco basketball players Jerry Brown and Vanessa Leo for a little friendly competition and chat earlier this week. Listen to Vanessa talk about her favorite pregame meal, Jerry talk about which teammate he would choose to be stranded on a desert island with and watch the group try its luck at some half-court shots.
  • Second Half Sinks Santa Clara at San Diego
    January 23, 2014
    Second Half Sinks Santa Clara at San Diego Beginning a four-game road trip, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to San Diego by a final of 79-55. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-12 overall and 3-5 in WCC action while the Toreros are now 16-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
  • Broncos Embark on Big Road Trip to San Diego, BYU
    January 22, 2014
    Broncos Embark on Big Road Trip to San Diego, BYU Heading back out on the road, Santa Clara women’s basketball travels to San Diego on Thurs., Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and BYU on Sat. Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Pacific. Last week Santa Clara topped Portland 69-62 before dropping a close game to No. 23 Gonzaga 67-61. The Broncos are now 7-11 overall this season and 3-4 in WCC action.
  • Strong Defensive Effort for Women's Basketball Comes Up Just Short vs. No. 23 Gonzaga
    January 19, 2014
    Strong Defensive Effort for Women's Basketball Comes Up Just Short vs. No. 23 Gonzaga Playing its first ranked opponent of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to No. 23 Gonzaga by a final of 67-61. The loss puts the Broncos at 7-11 overall and 3-4 in WCC action while the Bulldogs are now 16-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Survives Late Run by Portland to Win 69-62
    January 17, 2014
    Women's Basketball Survives Late Run by Portland to Win 69-62 In the midst of a four-game home stand, Santa Clara women’s basketball topped Portland by a final of 69-62. The win puts the Broncos at 7-10 overall and 3-3 in WCC action while the Pilots are now 9-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Hosts Roaring Red-Out Sunday vs. Gonzaga!
    January 16, 2014
    Women's Basketball Hosts Roaring Red-Out Sunday vs. Gonzaga! Come out to Leavey on Sunday at 2 p.m. as your women's basketball team takes on Gonzaga at 2 p.m. and be sure to wear red! The game will be on TheW.tv and Santa Clara is making it the Roaring Red-Out game!
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