SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara women's basketball dropped a West Coast Conference game 65-51 to LMU Thursday night at home.
The Lions (11-3, 3-0 WCC) used a 22-4 second quarter to take control of the game.
Seven of the eight Lions to play in the period made at least one field goal while the team went 9-for-17 from the field. The Broncos (4-10, 0-3 WCC) shot just 2-for-12 from the field in the period and committed seven turnovers.
A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Gabby Green at the end of the first started a 15-2 run that made it 30-17. Green scored seven points during the run with Makenzie Cast and Andee Velasco adding 3-pointers.
Green led all scorers with 11 on 4-for-8 shooting from the field and added five rebounds and four assists. Velasco and Cast each scored 10 with Velasco adding seven assists. Bree Alford had a team-high nine boards.
Santa Clara outscored LMU 19-2 over the final 6:27 of the game, cutting the deficit to under 20 points for the first time since 9:49 to go in the third quarter. Six different Broncos scored during the final stretch with Charise Holloway scoring all of her seven points behind a pair of 3-pointers. The Lions committed eight turnovers during the run.
Dru Toleafoa scored a game-high 11 while Morgan McGwire grabbed 11 rebounds and scored nine points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field. Kyla Martin added seven assists and seven points.
- Santa Clara is now 47-25 all-time against Loyola Marymount.
- Taylor Berry made her 88th consecutive start.
- Morgan McGwire is four blocks short of second all-time in Santa Clara history. She has 109 with Lindsey Leo's (2010-13) 113 ahead of her. First place is Annie Garrison (1997-2001) with 207.
- The Broncos had 15 assists on 18 made baskets.
- Santa Clara forced 18 turnovers and had nine steals.
"We need to play better and compete harder."
Head coach Bill Carr
The Broncos head back on the road to play at Portland Saturday at 2 p.m.
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