Nov. 24, 2003
Santa Clara continues the non-conference season with two games this holiday week. On Tuesday, the Broncos travel to Stockton and will face Pacific (0-1) before returning to the Leavey Center and hosting 10th-ranked Georgia (1-0) on Friday.
A Return Home for Cozad
Only one game into her Division I collegiate career and junior Michelle Cozad is returning home. The Stockton native played at Saint Mary's High School and graduated from San Joaquin Delta College in the spring after becoming the Mustangs' all-time leading scorer.
Scouting the Pacific Tigers
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 19-17
First Meeting: 1974-75 - SCU won 38-24
Last Meeting: 2003 - PAC won (59-54) on Dec. 21 in Santa Clara
UOP Largest Margin of Victory: 32 on Feb. 2, 1980 (75-43) in Stockton
SCU Largest Margin of Victory: 21 on Dec. 7, 1984 (68-47) in Santa Clara
Pacific Record in 2002-03: 16-14 (11-5 Big West)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/5
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Notable: Pacific and Santa Clara shared the same opening-day opponent, as the Tigers fell to UW-GB 74-63 last Friday.
Scouting the Georgia Bulldogs
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 1-0
First Meeting: Santa Clara won (64-62) on Dec. 12, 1992 in Honolulu
Last Meeting: Same
SCU Largest Margin of Victory: 2 on Dec. 12, 1992 (64-62) in Honolulu
Georgia Record in 2002-03: 21-10 (10-4)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/1
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1
Notable: Georgia opened the season with an 87-48 win over Georgia State and will play Georgia Southern before traveling to the West Coast... the Lady Bulldogs are currently ranked 10th nationally... and are 343-5 when scoring more than 80 points under head coach Andy Landers.
A Fountain of Youth
Santa Clara is one of the top 15 youngest women's basketball teams that will take the court this season. With six freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors, the Broncos' average age is 19.4 years heading into the season.
Santa Clara's loss to UW-Green Bay marked only the third season-opening loss for the Bronco program in the last 13 years. It also broke a streak of five-straight season-opening victories. Sunday's contest was also the first season in the last six that the Broncos have opened their season at home.
A Look Ahead: Non-Conference Battles
Santa Clara's schedule doesn't get any easier, with away games at Sacramento State and Nevada, as well as a home contest against BYU.
Santa Clara has posted 12 straight non-losing non-conference seasons and is 103-45 (.696) during that span. Santa Clara's most successful non-conference season ever came during the 1990-91 season when the Broncos went 12-2.
Live on the Internet
Santa Clara's entire schedule returns to the Internet, as a live audio broadcast will be available for a third season on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. Additionally, Leavey Center contests can be followed online with a live statistical tracker, also located on SCU's official athletic website. By logging on, fans receive real-time updated statistics direct from the official scoring computer, allowing users to listen to the audio broadcast and keep up with the statistics simultaneously. Anthony Passarelli returns as the voice of the Broncos for a third season.
King Inducted into SCU Athletics Hall of Fame
Melissa King Fisher was one of eight inductees into Santa Clara University's Athletic Hall of Fame. She joined Brandi Chastain '91 (soccer); Bill Connolly '65 (baseball); Bill Duffy '82 (basketball); Gary Hoffman '83 (football); Paul Holocher '91 (soccer); Gary Podesta (lacrosse); and Eric Yamamoto '90 (soccer). This year's class brings the total number of Hall of Famers, which was established in 1962, to 223 individuals and one team, representing the best in the university's athletic heritage.
King Fisher completed her four-year basketball career at Santa Clara as the school's leading scorer and the third-highest scorer in West Coast Conference history. She remains at the top of the school charts for scoring, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws and steals. A three-time all-WCC selection, she led the Broncos to three-straight WCC Championships and the National Women's Invitational Tournament title in 1991. She was named Kodak honorable mention All-America as a senior.
WCC Championship Coming to SCU in 2004
The WCC Men's and Women's Championships will return to the Bay Area in 2004 and 2005, as announced Wednesday by Commissioner Michael Gilleran. The change is a result of the WCC's decision to rotate the league's premier event between the Bay Area, Pacific Northwest and Southern California, each for a period of two consecutive years.
The 2006 and 2007 tournament will move to the Pacific Northwest before heading to Southern California in 2008 and 2009.
The 2004 WCC Basketball Tournament will be held at the Leavey Center. In 2005, the event will move approximately 50 miles north to the University of San Francisco, where games will be played at War Memorial Gymnasium. This will be Santa Clara's eighth time as host, most recently in 2000, while USF will serve as host for the fourth time.