Feb. 21, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's basketball team fell 66-53 to San Diego Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With the loss, the Broncos are now 18-8 on the season and 7-4 in West Coast Conference, while the Toreros improved to 14-11 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Tracey Walker led the Broncos with 12 points, while Jen Gottschalk and Elizabeth Doran registered 11 points each. Gottschalk also led SCU in rebounding with 8 boards. Meanwhile, Sara Majors added 10 points and dished out a game-high five assists.
Maggie Goldenberger started things off for the Broncos with a jumper off an assist from Walker. Doran then made three-pointer to make the score 5-2 with 18:48 to play. Yet, the Toreros grabbed a one-point edge, 6-5, on a made layup from Morgan Henderson. Both teams struggled to distance themselves in the first half as the score was tied four time, twice by each team.
After Amber Sprague put USD up three-points, 12-9, Gottschalk responded with a three-pointer to tie the score and jumper moments later to give SCU control. Sam Child's trey gave the Toreros a one-point advantage once again, 15-14, with 12:25 remaining. Yet, Walker was sent to the foul line less than a minute later and made both free shots to tie the game for the Broncos for the final time in the half, 17-17.
The Toreros compiled a 13-3 run to create their largest lead of the half, 30-20, beginning on back-to-back layups from Amanda Rego. A trey from Majors halted USD briefly during their run, but it was a jumper from Doran with 4:20 left that gave the Broncos an opportunity to cut the lead. The two teams traded possession with Walker scoring four points to bring Santa Clara within seven points, 34-27, but a buzzer beater from Sprague ended the half, 36-27.
Santa Clara brought the game within six points in the first two minutes of the second half. Majors made a three-points and Walker followed to two made free shots to make the score 38-32. Although San Diego kept control of the scoreboard, SCU fought hard to lessen the gap. Gottschalk's layup with 16:00 left kept the Broncos within six points, 42-, 36. Yet, the Toreros pushed ahead and claimed a 15-point advantage, 60-45, with 3:14 to play on a layup from Rego. A jumper from Goldberger gave the Broncos 50 points, but the Toreros still lead by 14 points. Rego made two more free shots from USD, while Doran nailed a trey with :47 remaining to make the final score, 66-53
For the Toreros, Rego registered 20 points and eight rebounds, while Child and Sprague tallied 14 points each and Sprague had pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Broncos finished the road portion of the regular-season on Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Dons of San Francisco. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym.