Jan. 31, 2001
Santa Clara's women's basketball (14-4, 5-1 WCC) looks to remain at the top of the West Coast Conference standings after a weekend home-and-away series against San Diego. The Broncos will host the Toreros on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the new Leavey Center. In appreciation of SCU's student booster group, the Rough Riders, the first 400 fans will receive rally towels. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Santa Clara will play at USD's new home court, the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Broncos Receive Six Votes in AP, ESPN Rankings
Although Santa Clara remains unranked in both major polls, the Broncos received a season-high six votes in this week's edition of the Associated Press' Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. An upset of then-No. 10 Texas Tech earned the Broncos votes in both polls for the first time this season. Santa Clara received four votes in the AP listing while gaining one vote in the ESPN poll. In women'scollegehhoops.com poll, the Broncos are ranked 46th.
Follow the Broncos Live on the Internet
Santa Clara now offers fans a live Internet audio broadcast on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com for all women's regular-season games. This new feature to the women's program began with the Jan. 2 game against Columbia. Dan Harrington is in his first season as the voice of the Broncos. Additionally, the Broncos' home-opener against Maryland on Dec. 27 marked the launching of a new feature that allows fans to follow each home game with a live statistical tracker. Fans can receive real-time updated statistics direct from the official courtside scoring computer for the team's remaining three home contests, allowing users to listen to the audio broadcast and keep up with the statistics simultaneously.
Scouting the San Diego Toreros
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 21-13
First Meeting: 1985 - Santa Clara won (59-41) Jan. 4 in Santa Clara
Last Meeting: 2000 - San Diego won (61-56) March 3 in Santa Clara
SCU Largest Margin of Victory: 37 on Feb. 1, 1992 (96-59) in Santa Clara, also on Jan. 31, 1997 (80-43) in Santa Clara
San Diego Largest Margin of Victory: 17 on Jan. 24, 1990 (80-63) in San Diego
Notable: Head coach Kathy Marpe is only one WCC win away from earning 100 in her career... junior forward Amber Jansen nearly doubled her scoring average from the first three conference games to the last three, improving from 10.7 ppg to 20.7... starting guard Melissa Glazebrook will not play due to illness... San Diego's new Jenny Craig Pavilion will host this year's WCC Championships, March 1-4.
Coming From Behind
Santa Clara's win over Portland marked the third come-from-behind victory for the Broncos in the last five games. Down by two at half time, SCU rallied in the second half for a seven-point win. The week before saw the Broncos down by five at intermission at San Francisco, before outscoring the Dons 41-31 in the second half for a 69-64 victory on Jan. 20. Santa Clara began conference play overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit vs. Pepperdine to win 79-67 on Jan. 11.
Ashbaugh Perfects Charity Stripe Scoring
With 30 seconds left on the clock, Becki Ashbaugh sank eight free throws in eight attempts to secure Santa Clara's victory over San Francisco on Jan. 20. She finished the night 10-10 from the charity stripe. But that's not the only strong foul-line performance she's put together since conference play began. After opening the league season against Pepperdine with two missed free throws, Ashbaugh has been perfect. She made both free throw attempts against Loyola Marymount and at Saint Mary's, while going 10-10 at USF and 4-4 against Portland. She is shooting 76.9 percent on the season.
The WCC Tournament
The 2001 WCC men's and women's basketball championships, scheduled to take place March 1-5, will set up shop at San Diego's newly constructed Jenny Craig Pavilion. The league is leaving the Bay Area for the first time in three years to host its annual basketball showcase. In recent years, the WCC Basketball Tournament was hosted by Santa Clara, but renovations to the Leavey Center prompted the change in venue. Please call 408-554-4660 for tickets.