SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After completing a three-game homestand, Santa Clara women's basketball heads to rival Saint Mary's Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. tip.
The Broncos dropped a pair of close games to LMU and Pepperdine last week.
Santa Clara is 35-41 all-time against Saint Mary's with the first meeting coming in 1978-79. The Gaels picked up an 83-59 win in Leavey Center earlier this season.
Santa Clara (10-13, 3-9 WCC) has the third ranked defense in the WCC, allowing 65.0 points per game while forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and collecting 8.1 steals per game. The Broncos score 60.9 ppg on 39.9-percent shooting from the floor.
Tia Hay is seventh in the conference with 15.3 ppg while also leading the team with 3.8 assists per game, 2.1 spg, and 33 3-pointers made. Ashlyn Herlihy is seventh in the league in rebounding with 7.3 pg and is second on Santa Clara with 10.9 ppg. Lauren Yearwood is No. 13 in the country with 2.6 blocks per game and second on the team with 6.9 rpg while scoring 6.2 ppg.
Saint Mary's (16-8, 9-4 WCC) has won seven of eight, with the only loss coming to No. 15 Gonzaga. The Gaels lead the WCC with 76.8 ppg, a 48.9-percent mark from the floor, and a 39.0-percent mark from beyond the arc.
Four players are averaging double-figures, with Megan McKay's 12.3 ppg leading the way and she is adding 7.1 rpg. Sydney Raggio is third in the WCC with 8.6 rpg and scores 12.1 ppg with 3.0 apg as well. Sam Simons scores 11.0 ppg and leads the Gales with 41 3-pointers made and Jasmine Forcadilla adds 10.0 ppg.
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