Jan. 13, 2004
Santa Clara takes its two-game win streak to Southern California this weekend for matches against conference foes Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Waves (6-9, 0-2), the league's preseason favorites, are still looking for their first WCC win, after dropping contests to Portland and Gonzaga last weekend. Loyola Marymount is 9-5, 1-1 on the season after defeating Portland Monday night in a game delayed by the recent snow storm that hit the Northwest.
Scouting the Pepperdine Waves
Series Record: SCU leads 24-19
First Game: Pepperdine won (71-52) on Dec. 14, 1978 in Malibu
Last Game: Pepperdine won (69-57) on March 9, 2003 in San Diego
Largest SCU Margin of Victory: 26 on Jan. 16, 1998 (76-50) in Malibu
Largest Pepperdine Margin of Victory: 19 on Dec. 14, 1978 (71-52) in Malibu
Pepperdine Record in 2002-03: 22-8 (12-2)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/4
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Notable: The Waves dropped their first two league games for the first time in seven years... Pepperdine's two losses match the team's total WCC losses from last season's conference championship squad...
Scouting the Loyola Marymount Lions
Series Record: SCU leads 34-6
First Game: Santa Clara won (75-32) on Dec. 14, 1984 in Los Angeles
Last Game: Santa Clara won (68-54) on March 7, 2003 in San Diego
Largest SCU Margin of Victory: 44, twice, last on Feb. 13, 1998 (93-49) in Santa Clara
Largest LMU Margin of Victory: 10 on Jan. 22, 200 (82-72) in Los Angeles
Loyola Marymount Record in 2002-03: 14-15 (5-9)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/2
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/0
Notable: Adrianne Slaughter has 206 career blocks, needing only two more to pass former Bronco Annie Garrison (1997-2001) for fourth on the WCC career blocks list...
Clara was 3-0 in away contests to open the season for the first time in five years, topping Pacific, Sacramento State and Nevada. The last time this happened, the Broncos defeated Fresno State, San Jose State and Denver to open the 1998-99 season. SCU is now 4-2 on the road and will continue its current travels with two away WCC games, at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
Santa Clara's victory over San Francisco last week marked the fifth straight West Coast Conference opener the Broncos have won.
A Look Ahead: Broncos Return Home
Santa Clara returns to the Leavey Center next weekend to open WCC play at home. The Broncos host San Francisco on Thursday and Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon, in a game to be broadcast on Fox Sports Bay Area.
In the WCC Statistics
Santa Clara leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (6.5), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.340) and third in scoring offense (62.6), field goal percentage (.405) and assists (14.07). Individually, Ashley Graham is ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.431), third in three-point field goals made (1.79) and ninth in assists (3.14). Quinn Thomas is second in three-point field goals made (1.90). Whitney Sutak is 11th in field goal percentage (.442) and 12th in scoring (9.8). Ashley Gonnerman is ranked fifth in free throw percentage (.750) and 10th in rebounding (5.9).
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.
More Media Coverage
The Broncos are scheduled to make one TV appearance this season during the WCC season. Santa Clara will host Saint Mary's for a Sunday, January 25 game that will tip-off at 1 p.m., with live coverage by Fox Sports Bay Area. Additionally, the University's student radio station, KSCU 103.3 FM, is scheduled to air the entire women's home WCC schedule.
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.