Dec. 10, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore Kendra Rhea recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead a quintet of Broncos in double figures as the Santa Clara women's basketball team defeated California 77-73 this afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
Santa Clara improves to 4-2 with the victory, while California falls to 3-5 on the season. Although the Broncos trial the Bears 30 to 9 in the all-time series, Santa Clara has now won four of the last five meetings.
With 14 minutes left in the contest, Santa Clara reversed Cal's previous 11-point lead into their own 11-point advantage, only to see the Bears go on a 10-0 run to pull within 53-52 with nine minutes remaining. With four other teammates with three or more fouls, sophomore forward Julie Butler left the game with her fifth personal at the 7:22 mark, concluding the afternoon with 10 points.
The Bears' Lauren Ashbaugh (no relation to SCU's Becki Ashbaugh) made a basket and the resulting foul shot to tie the game at 57. Senior forward Jennifer Glysson's eight points in the last six minutes kept the visitor's lead, holding a 73-67 edge before Cal scored four points within seven seconds.
With Santa Clara up by three, the Bears had possession with 10 seconds remaining until Cal's Nicole Ybarra was charged with a player control foul. A free throw by Bronco senior forward Annie Garrison sealed the final score.
Also totaling double digits for the Broncos was Gruening and Ashbaugh with 12 points each, with Glysson adding 10 before fouling out with 22 seconds left. Santa Clara shot 51.9 percent from the field after the half and made 13 of 18 free throws.
With the score tied at 6 early in the first half, Cal went on a 15-4 run over the next eight minutes, holding the Broncos without a field goal until Butler's basket with 8:12 cut the Bears' lead to nine points. That triggered a Bronco comeback that saw Rhea post eight of the team's last 13 points in the final four minutes of the half.
Butler's putback with 1:46 gave the Broncos their first lead of the game at 31-30. After trading leads over the next minute, junior guard Caroline Gruening's basket and foul shot gave the Broncos' a four-point cushion before Bear Courtney Johnson's three-pointer with 16 seconds left cut Santa Clara's lead to one heading into intermission.
Despite 13 turnovers in the first half, California shot 50 percent from the field, with Johnson already past her 13.6 points per game average with 19 on her way to a career-high 32 points to lead the Bears.
Santa Clara continues its six-game road trip, traveling to Cal Poly on Wednesday and Sacramento State on Friday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.