Jan. 22, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team won its first home game of the 2003-04 season, defeating San Francisco 75-45 in West Coast Conference action tonight at the Leavey Center. The Broncos started 0-7 at home, but tonight's victory ends that streak and continues another, as SCU has now won eight straight home league openers. The team improves to 6-11 overall, 2-2 in conference play.
San Francisco was led by Angela Gibson's 14 points and 11 rebounds, but remains winless on the road and is 7-10, 0-4. Santa Clara defeated the Dons 49-48 just 12 days ago to open the WCC season.
Our coaches worked so hard to prepare us for tonight," freshman forward Jenni Gottschalk said post-game. "We concentrated on defense and that defense was key in creating our offense."
Junior guard Quinn Thomas made five three-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points, while senior guard Whitney Sutak sealed the victory with two steals and two lay-ups in the final minute of action to finish with 16 points. Gottschalk netted 11, while Thomas led the Broncos in rebounds with eight. Freshman guard Ashley Graham added a career-high seven assists.
Gibson led the Dons' charge in the first half, scoring 13 of her team's first 18 points. Santa Clara however, had a 22-12 lead midway through the period before both teams went scoreless for four minutes on the clock. Thomas made four of her threes in the frame to push the home team to a 43-25 lead at intermission.
Six turnovers to start the second half slowed the Broncos, but San Francisco failed to put a dent in its deficit. Gibson went 0-10 from the field after the half, and no other Don scored more than two field goals in the game, as Santa Clara shot a season-high 52.6 percent from the field, holding USF to a .237 clip.
Santa Clara remains at home and will host Saint Mary's on Sunday at 1 p.m., in a contest to be televised live by Fox Sports Bay Area.