Feb. 28, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior Jennie Rondel netted her first career double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in an exciting finish to the women's basketball team's final game of the regular season. Down 22 points in the second half, the Broncos mounted a strong charge and pulled within six, but ran out of time in an 83-73 loss to Portland tonight in West Coast Conference action at the Leavey Center. Pilot Lauren Himmelspach recorded a career-high 27 points to lead her team to a 13-14 overall record, and an 8-6 league mark. Santa Clara is now 8-19, 4-10.
Portland also registered a double-double, from Ashlee Orndorff, who posted 12 points and 15 rebounds. Whitney Grant added 15 points, while Khalila O-Rielly-Williams pulled down 10 rebounds.
Tied 5-5 early in the night, Portland went on a 13-2 run, which saw five Bronco turnovers in that stretch. An Orndorff putback at 5:32 doubled the Pilots' lead, 30-15. Santa Clara went five minutes without a field goal and was down 45-26 at the half.
Thomas hit a three and two free throws to make the score 75-69, a six point Portland lead heading into the final minute. Portland only made one field goal in the final six minutes of the contest, but made 12 of 18 free throws in that span to secure the victory.
Tonight's loss marked the 12th at home for the Broncos, tying for the worst home record at Leavey in 25 seasons. Santa Clara posted a 5-12 season in 1988-89.
Santa Clara is the host of the 2004 West Coast Conference Championship. The Broncos will be the tournament's sixth seed and will play San Francisco on Thursday, March 4. The time will be determined on Sunday.