Feb. 18, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Santa Clara University posted a 72-53 West Coast Conference victory against Pepperdine in women's basketball action tonight, marking the Broncos' first victory at Firestone Fieldhouse since the 2001 season. Senior guard Quinn Thomas became 14th player in the Bronco program to reach the 1,000-point milestone after netting a game-high 18 points in her first start since injuring her left knee last month.
Santa Clara is now 13-11 overall, 7-4 in league play. The Broncos moved one-half game ahead of Loyola Marymount in second place in the WCC standings after the Lions fell to Saint Mary's 69-55. The Waves are now 10-15, 6-6, and remain in fourth place. The battle for the conference championship's second seed will take place at the Lions' Gersten Pavilion on Saturday at 2 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of that contest online at SantaClaraBroncos.com.
Thomas needed only four points to reach the milestone, and becomes the first Bronco to accomplish the feat since Becki Ashbaugh reached the mark in 2002. She finished also finished with a team-high eight rebounds and now has 1,014 career points.
Santa Clara shot 50 percent from the field for the fifth time this season and made 10 three-point field goals for the 11th time this year.
Thomas hit a three at 8:10 in the first half from the left wing that capped a modest 8-2 Bronco run and pulled SCU within two, 21-19, forcing Pepperdine to take a quick time out. Santa Clara remained strong and another Thomas three, this time from the top of the key at 3:28, allowed the Broncos to recapture the lead and provided the milestone basket. The Kent, Wash., native found her groove and hit two more threes just to the right of center within the next minute. She capped the run with a steal and drove the length of the court for a lay-up that placed SCU ahead 35-27, forcing Pepperdine to take another break to talk it over. Thomas had 14 points and six rebounds at the break.
Kelsey Ball scored the Waves first six points and had 12 at intermission. She finished with a team-high 16 points. Jennifer Lacy added 11 points and Daphanie Kennedy and Teiosha George each posted six rebounds for the Waves.
A Thomas drive at 16:42 in the second half gave the Broncos a 13-point lead at 47-34. Pepperdine pulled within five on a basket by Jasmane Clarendon, who would later leave the game after she appeared to dislocate her elbow. The score was then 52-47. Pepperdine would then go more than eight minutes without a point, as Tracey Walker netted two quick baskets as part of a 17-0 Bronco run. A Thomas steal and lay-up made it a 20-point ball game, 67-47 with six minutes remaining.