Dec. 21, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team broke a 14-year losing streak to Santa Clara with a 75-62 victory this afternoon at the Broncos' Leavey Center. Lamisha Augustine led the Spartans with 24 points and 12 rebounds as her team wins their fifth straight and improve to 6-1 on the season. Santa Clara falls to 3-7 overall, 0-6 at home.
Today's game had additional meaning, as the two schools participate in a Rivalry Series, in which points are earned for head-to-head competition in 13 intercollegiate sports. Santa Clara won last year's competition by a 20-10 margin, but with the Spartans' three earned points from today's victory, this year's current standings only favor the Broncos now by a 13-8 margin.
The Spartans last defeated Santa Clara on Dec. 28, 1989, 75-55 at the Event Center. The Broncos then won 12 straight over the past 14 years, with that streak ending today.
A win didn't look likely for San Jose State early on, as the visitors opened the game 1-8 from the field. Santa Clara opened a 12-4 lead in part by two three-pointers from freshman guard Ashley Graham, who finished with a team-high17 points. A steal by Chenne Tuimoloau sparked a Spartan fast break that saw Erica McGlaston's lay-up knot the game at 14-14 midway through the first period. San Jose State then went on a 10-0 run and never looked back. Augustine had 14 by the half, while Tuimoloau notched 12 to lead the Spartans to a 40-25 advantage at intermission.
Santa Clara responded after the break, going on an 8-0 run and holding the Spartans without a field goal for the first five minutes of the second half. Freshman forward Jenni Gottschalk, who finished with nine points and nine rebounds, converted a three-point play and hit two free throws on the Broncos' next possession to close the game to five, 51-46 with 12:27 remaining in the game. It would be as close as the Broncos would get, as SJSU made its free throws done the stretch and held on for the victory.
Cricket Williams added a game-high nine assists for the Spartans, while the Broncos also saw double-digit scoring from senior forward Jennie Rondel and freshman forward Ashley Gonnerman, who posted 12 and 10 points, respectively.
After the holiday break, Santa Clara will host Alabama on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. to close a four-game homestand.