Dec. 21, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite cutting a 20-point second-half deficit to just two points with just over a minute remaining in the game, the Santa Clara University women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 79-71 decision to visiting Tulsa tonight at the Leavey Center.
The Broncos, which dropped to 3-7 on the season, were led by senior guard Quinn Thomas' 16 points, while fellow senior Michelle Cozad added 12, all in the second half. Tulsa (8-1) was led by junior guard Kara Pongonis, who scored a career-high 24 points, while sophomore forward Jillian Robbins added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Santa Clara returns to action following the holiday break with a 2 p.m. contest against the University of Nevada on Dec. 28. Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling the SCU Athletic Ticket office at 408/554-4660.
The two teams battled evenly throughout the first half with the Broncos taking a game-high nine point lead on a Chandice Cronk layup with 10:38 remaining in the period. After back-to-back three-point field goals by Pongonis cut the lead to three points, jumpers by Tori Markey and Tracey Walker took SCU's lead back to seven with 6:46 left in the half.
The Golden Hurricane then went on an 18-6 run to close out the half with a 39-34 lead.
Tulsa held the Broncos to just two points for the first 7:40 of the second half and extended its lead to 56-36 on a layup by Jasmine Irvine with 12:20 on the game clock. After trading baskets, the Broncos began chipping away at the TU lead, eventually making a 29-11 run to make the score 69-67 with 3:02 remaining on a Thomas three-point basket.