Jan. 20, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Senior forward Annie Garrison recorded her 1,000th career point with her 25th and final point on the night to lead Santa Clara to a 69-64 victory over San Francisco tonight in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial Gym.
Her milestone score came on a free throw with 47 seconds left in regulation, making her only the 12th Bronco all-time to reach to reach 1,000 points. Additionally, her 25 points tonight was a season high, and fell three short of a career best. Nine of those points came in the final three minutes of the game as she was 9-10 from the field and added 10 rebounds defensively for her fifth double-double of the season.
Down by five at the half, Santa Clara scored it second come-from-behind victory in four games with tonight's win, improving to a 12-4 overall mark. The Broncos have now won five of their last six while ending the Don's five-game win streak. San Francisco falls to 10-7 on the season. Both teams are 3-1 in the WCC. Last week, the Broncos were down by eight against Pepperdine at the half, but recorded a 79-67 victory.
The win also gives Santa Clara a one-game edge in the all-time series, 29-28.
San Francisco missed its first nine shots of the second half, as Jennifer Glysson, Garrison, Caroline Gruening scored baskets to give the visitors a 34-33 edge five minutes into the second period. After a Garrison hook shot, the Dons responded with eight straight points to reclaim the lead, two baskets each by Melanie Turner and Alicia Hernandez.
After exchanging leads a few teams, a Glysson steal resulted in a Gruening layup to the Broncos a 54-53 lead with 2:35 on the clock, an edge they didn't relinquish the rest of the game. Junior point guard Becki Ashbaugh nailed eight free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory. She finished with 12 points, the only other Bronco in double figures.
Glysson led all defensive efforts with 13 rebounds.
USF jumped out to a 29-22 lead on a three-pointer by Turner at the 5:08 mark in the first half as Santa Clara had two stretches of five and six minutes respectively, without a field goal.
Leading the way for USF offensively were Turner, who scored a team-high 22-point on 9-of-14 from the floor and Hernandez, who added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman forward Mary Jane Krueger pulled down nine rebounds for the Lady Dons, who were beat 41-34 on the boards.
The Broncos return home next weekend in continuing conference action. Santa Clara will host Portland on Thursday, January 25th and Gonzaga on Saturday, January 27th. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center.