Women's Basketball Falls in Exhibition Contest
Nov. 12, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team fell to Team Concept 77-63 tonight at the Leavey Center in an exhibition game. Junior transfer Michelle Cozad netted 11 second-half points to lead the Broncos with 18 on the night. Senior Jennie Rondel and freshman Ashley Gonnerman added 14 each for Santa Clara.
Team Concept was led by Lenae Williams, who netted a game-high 25 points.
Santa Clara opened a 10-1 lead and remained ahead at 13-6 with freshman Ashley Graham's second three-pointer of the contest. It marked the last field goal for the Broncos for more than eight minutes, as Team Concept surged ahead with a 21-0 run. Williams contributed four straight jumpers in that span and had 14 points by the half, as Team Concept held a 13-point lead, 43-30 at intermission.
A Williams lay-up with 14:16 on the clock capped a 15-3 run to start the second half and gave Team Concept its biggest lead at 25 points, 58-33. Santa Clara then found a spark, going on a 17-2 run to pull to within 10 points, at 60-50 with just under eight minutes remaining. Cozad made two threes, Rondel added a trey and a jumper, and Gonnerman made four straight free throws to contribute to that streak.
Team Concept would not let the Broncos get any closer. Kristina Rukstelyte scored under the basket to help her team, and added three lay-ups in the closing minutes to secure Team Concept's victory.
The Broncos will open the regular season at home against 2003 NCAA Tournament participant UW-Green Bay on Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. Bento-Jackson will then take her squad to Stockton for a Tuesday, November 25 game at Pacific, and then return home for a Friday, November 28 contest vs. 11th-ranked Georgia.