2014-15 Santa Clara Women's Basketball News

January 30, 2015
Second Half Comeback Attempt Falls Just Short
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Broncos would cut the deficit to five on seven separate occasions in the second half but were unable to muster a come-from-behind victory against San Diego, eventually falling 64-61 on Thursday night at the Leavey Center.

January 28, 2015
Women's basketball Returns Home vs. San Diego, BYU
After two weeks on the road, Santa Clara women’s basketball returns to Leavey to take on San Diego on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. and BYU Sat., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Last week the Broncos feel at LMU before bouncing back with a 65-54 win at Pepperdine. They are now 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the WCC.

January 27, 2015
WATCH | Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap — January 27, 2015
On this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, SCU student-athletes Denzel Johnson and Nici Gilday give the latest on Santa Clara's basketball and tennis teams with updates on baseball and women's water polo.

January 24, 2015
Pair of Double-Doubles Lead Women's Basketball to 11-Point Win at Pepperdine
Finishing up a two-week road trip, Santa Clara women’s basketball topped Pepperdine by a final of 65-54. The win puts the Broncos at 7-11 overall and 2-7 in WCC action while the Waves are now 6-14 overall and 1-8 in conference play.

January 22, 2015
Women's Basketball Taken Down by Hot Shooting Lions
Santa Clara women’s basketball lost at LMU by a final of 82-57 on Thursday night. The loss puts the Broncos at 6-11 overall and 1-7 in WCC action while the Lions are now 3-16 overall and 1-7 in conference play.

January 21, 2015
Broncos Head South to LMU, Pepperdine
Getting set to wrap-up the first half of conference play, Santa Clara women’s basketball travels south to take on LMU and Pepperdine. The Broncos face the Lions Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and face the Waves Sat., Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. Last week Santa Clara fell at San Francisco and are now 6-10 overall and 1-6 in WCC action.

January 20, 2015
WATCH | Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap — January 20, 2015
On this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, SCU student-athletes Denzel Johnson and Nici Gilday give the latest on men's and women's basketball as they continue WCC play and recap a successful Saturday start to the season for men's tennis.

January 17, 2015
Women's Basketball Drops Road Game at USF
With just one game this week, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell at San Francisco by a final of 62-45. The loss puts the Broncos at 6-10 overall and 1-6 in WCC action while the Dons are now 11-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

January 15, 2015
Matchup at Local Rival San Francisco Up Next for Women's Basketball
Coming off the first win of their conference season, Santa Clara women’s basketball returns to the floor for just one game this week at San Francisco on Sat., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Last week the Broncos topped Portland 83-68 but fell to Gonzaga in a close game. Santa Clara is 6-9 overall and 1-5 in West Coast Conference play this season.

January 13, 2015
WATCH | Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap — January 13, 2015
In this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, Denzel Johnson and Nici Gilday welcome SCU students back to campus and recap the weekend's play for men's and women's basketball against Portland and Gonzaga.

January 10, 2015
Broncos Hang Around But Fall to Gonzaga
Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Gonzaga by a final of 78-70 on Saturday. The loss puts the Broncos at 6-9 overall and 1-5 in WCC play while the Bulldogs are now 12-4 and 5-0 in conference action.

January 9, 2015
Women's Basketball Picks Up First Conference Win of Season
In a matchup of teams looking for their first conference win of the year, Santa Clara women’s basketball topped Portland by a final of 83-68. The win puts the Broncos at 6-8 overall and 1-4 in WCC play while the Pilots are now 2-13 and 0-4 in conference action.

January 7, 2015
Home Games with Portland, Gonzaga on Tap for Women's Basketball
Returning home, Santa Clara women’s basketball faces Portland and Gonzaga at the Leavey Center this week. The Broncos host the Pilots at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 8 and the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 10. Last week Santa Clara fell at BYU and San Diego. The Broncos are 5-8 on the year and 0-4 in the West Coast Conference.

January 3, 2015
Women's Basketball Hurt by Late run at San Diego
After leading almost the entire first 34 minutes, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to San Diego by a final of 72-59. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-8 overall and 0-4 in WCC play while the Toreros are now 12-2 and 3-1 in conference action.

January 1, 2015
Women's Basketball Falls at BYU in Road Conference Opener
In the first road WCC game of the year, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to BYU by a final of 84-55. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-7 overall and 0-3 in WCC play while the Cougars are now 10-4 and 2-1 in conference action.

December 31, 2014
Women's Basketball Travels to BYU, San Diego for First WCC Road Games
Coming off an exciting opening weekend of conference play, Santa Clara women’s basketball hits the road to play at BYU on New Year’s Day at 5 p.m. and at San Diego on Sat., Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. The game at BYU will be live on BYUtv. Last week Santa Clara fell at home to Saint Mary’s and Pacific by a combined three points. The Broncos are 5-6 on the season and 0-2 in WCC action.

December 30, 2014
Second Straight Close Game Goes Against Women's Basketball
Despite an 11-point halftime lead, Santa Clara women’s basketball lost to Pacific by a final of 61-59. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-6 overall and 0-2 in WCC play while the Tigers are now 10-3 and 2-0 in conference action.

December 27, 2014
Heart Breaker Opens WCC Play for Women's Basketball vs. Saint Mary's
Opening up West Coast Conference play, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Saint Mary’s by a final of 62-61. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-5 overall and 0-1 in WCC play while the Gaels are now 8-4 and 1-0 in conference action.

December 26, 2014
WCC Play Opens for Women's Basketball vs. Saint Mary's and Pacific
With the non-conference schedule in the rear view mirror, Santa Clara women’s basketball opens West Coast Conference play with a pair of games at the Leavey Center. The Broncos face Saint Mary’s on Sat., Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. and Pacific at 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 29. Last week Santa Clara dropped a double overtime game at Oregon 92-88. They are now 5-4 on the season.

December 23, 2014
Pasta Feed and Bronco Legends Celebration
On Sat., Jan. 17, 2015 Santa Clara University Alumni Association will host a Pasta Feed and Bronco Legends Celebration in the Pat Malley Fitness Center. The Pasta Feed will being at 12:30 with a men’s basketball game vs. San Francisco to follow at 3 p.m. This year's Bronco Legends program will honor the 50th Anniversary of Rowing at SCU.

December 19, 2014
Double-Overtime Heart Breaker at Oregon Ends Women's Basketball Non-Conference Play
Finishing non-conference play, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Oregon by a final of 92-88 in double overtime. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-4 overall while the Ducks are now 6-3.

December 17, 2014
Women's Basketball Travels to Oregon for Pac-12 Match Up
Getting set for the final non-conference game of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball will face its second consecutive Pac-12 opponent when they travel to play Oregon on Thurs., Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Last week the Broncos fell at No. 7 Stanford and now sit at 5-3 on the season.

December 14, 2014
Broncos Fall at No. 7 Stanford
Kicking off a tough two game set against Pac-12 teams, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell at No. 7 Stanford by a final of 82-43. The loss puts the Broncos at 5-3 overall while the Cardinal are now 6-2.

December 12, 2014
Sunday Matchup at No. 7 Stanford on Tap for Women's Basketball
Coming off a win at the Air Force Classic, Santa Clara women’s basketball returns to the floor for a one-game week. The Broncos will face tough competition from Bay Area rival No. 7 Stanford in Palo Alto on Sun., Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Last week Santa Clara fell at home to Cal Poly but bounced back with two wins at the Air Force Classic to win the tournament. Nici Gilday was named MVP of the tournament and to the All-Tournament Team. She was also named WCC Player of the Week on Monday.

December 10, 2014
WATCH | This Week's Edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap
In this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, Denzel Johnson and Nici Gilday bid you a happy holiday season and give a quick recap of men's and women's basketball from last week.

December 8, 2014
Gilday Named WCC Player of the Week After MVP Performance at Air Force Classic
After leading her team to a win at the Air Force Classic over the weekend, Santa Clara women’s basketball senior Nici Gilday was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday. She was named MVP and to the All-Tournament Team at the Air Force Classic.

December 6, 2014
Broncos Win Air Force Classic; Gilday Named Tournament MVP
Looking for a tournament win, Santa Clara women’s basketball took down Air Force by a final of 85-64 at the Air Force Classic. The win puts the Broncos at 5-2 overall while the Falcons are now 1-7. Nici Gilday won Tournament MVP honors and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

December 5, 2014
Beth Carlson Brings the Heat
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Watching a Santa Clara women’s basketball game is exciting for sure, but the average fan misses a lot of the action. Beth Carlson (BC) explained to Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) how making good plays is only half the battle; some of the most energy in basketball can come from where you may not expect it: in the pregame, from the bench, and in the stands!

December 5, 2014
Gilday's 33 Lead Broncos Past UC Davis
Kicking off the Air Force Classic, Santa Clara women’s basketball beat UC Davis by a final of 79-76. The win puts the Broncos at 4-2 overall while the Aggies are now 3-4.

December 3, 2014
WATCH | Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap — December 3, 2014
On this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, co-hosts Denzel Johnson from the men's basketball team and Nici Gilday from the women's basketball team give a quick update on the latest Bronco sports news. This edition features interviews and highlights that you won't want to miss!

December 2, 2014
Broncos Fall at Home to Cal Poly
In the final non-conference home game of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to Cal Poly by a final of 79-73. The loss puts the Broncos at 3-2 overall while the Mustangs are now 4-3.

December 1, 2014
Meet the Future of Santa Clara Women's Basketball: Dru Toleafoa
First year women’s basketball head coach JR Payne and her staff have added another player for the 2015-16 season. Dru Toleafoa of Sydney, Australia attended Brigidine College Randwick.

December 1, 2014
Women's Basketball Hosts Cal Poly, Travels to Air Force Classic
Coming off an upset of LSU, Santa Clara women’s basketball returns home for one game before heading back on the road. The Broncos host Cal Poly on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the Air Force Classic. There the Broncos will play UC Davis Fri., Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and host Air Force Sat., Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Last week Santa Clara beat LSU 69-67 in its lone game at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mex. The Broncos win vs. LSU was the program’s first vs. an SEC school since a 58-53 win on Dec. 14, 1996 vs. Mississippi at the Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Broncos are 3-1 on the year.

November 27, 2014
Final Game of Hardwood Tournament of Hope Cancelled
Santa Clara women’s basketball’s final game of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta vs. UTEP has been cancelled. There will not be a make up.

November 26, 2014
Women's Basketball vs. Kansas State Postponed
Coming off an upset of LSU, Santa Clara women’s basketball’s game vs. Kansas State in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mex. has been postponed. The postponement is due to a facility conflict.

November 25, 2014
FULL RECAP: Broncos Never Trail in Upset of LSU
In a game in which it never trailed, Santa Clara women’s basketball upset LSU by a final of 69-67. The win puts the Broncos at 3-1 while the Tigers are now 2-4. This was the first win for Santa Clara against an SEC team since a 58-53 win on Dec. 14, 1996 vs. Mississippi at the Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.

November 24, 2014
Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta on Tap for Women's Basketball
Coming off a road win down the coast, Santa Clara women’s basketball travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mex. to take part in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope against some tough competition. The Broncos will face LSU Tues., Nov. 25 at 12:30 p.m., Kansas State Wed., Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., and UTEP at 12:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. Last week Santa Clara took down UC Santa Barbara on the road to move to 2-1 on the young season.

November 21, 2014
Second Half Lifts Broncos Past Gauchos
Kicking-off a four-game road trip, Santa Clara women’s basketball beat UC Santa Barbara by a final of 47-33. The win puts the Broncos at 2-1 while the Gauchos are now 0-3.

November 18, 2014
Meet the Future of Santa Clara Women's Basketball: Nicole Vander Helm
First year women’s basketball head coach JR Payne and her staff signed two NLI’s for the 2015-16 season. Nicole Vander Helm of Surrey, British Columbia attended Holy Cross Regional High School.

November 18, 2014
Women's Basketball Travels Down the Coast to UC Santa Barbara
After splitting in the opening week of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball begins a four-game road trip on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at UC Santa Barbara. Last week the Broncos fell at UC Riverside 80-69 before coming back with a huge 87-41 win at home vs. San Francisco State. The Broncos are 1-1 on the young season.

November 17, 2014
Meet the Future of Santa Clara Women's Basketball: Savanna Hanson
First year women’s basketball head coach JR Payne and her staff signed two NLI’s for the 2015-16 season. Savanna Hanson of Edmonds, Wash. attended King’s High School.

November 16, 2014
Broncos Roll Past San Francisco State by 46 Points
In the regular season home opener, Santa Clara women’s basketball blew by San Francisco State by a final of 87-41. The win puts the Broncos at 1-1 while the Gators are still 0-0 as the game counted as an exhibition for them.

November 14, 2014
Women's Basketball Drops Season-Opener at UC Riverside
In the first regular season game under new head coach JR Payne, Santa Clara women’s basketball fell to UC Riverside by a final of 80-69. The loss puts the Broncos at 0-1 while the Highlanders are now 1-0.

November 13, 2014
Bronco Women's Basketball Opens 2014-15 Season at UC Riverside, vs. San Francisco State
Getting set for the start of a new season, Santa Clara women’s basketball opens the 2014-15 season at UC Riverside on Fri., Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. before coming home to face San Francisco State at 6 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 16. The Broncos won two exhibition games in the preseason. They topped Notre Dame de Namur 77-40 and Dominican 81-55.

November 12, 2014
Women's Basketball Signs Two National Letters of Intent
Under new head coach JR Payne, Santa Clara women’s basketball signed its first two National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The Broncos will welcome Savanna Hanson of Edmonds, Wash. and Nicole Vander Helm of Surrey, British Columbia for the 2015-16 season.

November 6, 2014
Big Second Half Leads Broncos to 26-Point Exhibition Win vs. Dominican
In the second and final exhibition of the season, Santa Clara women’s basketball beat Dominican by a final of 81-55.

November 5, 2014
Women's Basketball Set for Final Exhibition Game
Coming off a big 77-40 win vs. Notre Dame de Namur, Santa Clara women’s basketball will play its final exhibition game of the season on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Dominican in Leavey. The win was the first game under new Bronco head coach JR Payne and her staff.

November 1, 2014
Broncos Top Notre Dame de Namur in Exhibition Opener
Kicking off the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game, Santa Clara women’s basketball topped Notre Dame de Namur by a final of 77-40.

October 31, 2014
Women's Basketball Opens 2014-15 Season at Home with Exhibition vs. Notre Dame de Namur
With a new coaching staff and a lot of unfamiliar faces, Santa Clara women’s basketball gets set to kick-off the 2014-15 season on Sat., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. vs. Notre Dame de Namur in an exhibition game at the Leavey Center. JR Payne and her coaching staff have been working over the past six months with the team to get ready for this day.

October 31, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Nici Gilday Talks With Lisa Fortier, Hailie Eackles at WCC Basketball Tipoff
EYEBRONCO reporter and Santa Clara women's basketball player Nici Gilday spoke with Pacific Tigers junior guard and first-year Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Lisa Fortier at Monday's WCC Basketball Tipoff event.

October 27, 2014
Nici Gilday Named to 2014-15 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team
On the heels of one of the best seasons in program history, senior guard Nici Gilday was named to the 2014-15 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team. Gilday led the Broncos in most offensive categories last season and will player her senior year under new head coach JR Payne.

October 21, 2014
Freshman Emily Wolph Looks Forward to Basketball Season Ahead
Santa Clara, Calif. – Arizona native and women’s basketball freshman Emily Wolph (EW) sat down with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) to talk about her transition to college and the upcoming season.

October 13, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach Toriano Towns Mic'd Up
Santa Clara women's basketball associate head coach Toriano Towns mic'd up during the first week of official practice for the 2014-15 season.

October 8, 2014
Taylor Williams: Life On and Off the Court
Women's basketball sophomore Taylor Williams (TW) chatted with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) about her summer, how she likes to spend her free time and her time here at SCU.

October 7, 2014
Women's Basketball To Host Sixth Annual Lobster Dinner Oct. 25
Santa Clara women’s basketball will host its sixth annual Lobster Dinner on Sat., Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Adobe Lodge on the Mission campus. This is the first year for new head coach JR Payne and her coaching staff and will be a great opportunity for fans to meet the new coaching staff and the team!

September 30, 2014
Women's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule
Santa Clara women’s basketball will open its 2014-15 season, the first under new head coach JR Payne, with a pair of exhibition games. The first game will be Nov. 1 vs. Notre Dame De Namur at 6 p.m. with the second being Nov. 6 vs. Dominican at 6 p.m.

September 17, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Head Coach JR Payne Mic'd Up
Santa Clara women's basketball head coach JR Payne mic'd up during practice.

September 5, 2014
Lori Parkinson Makes Her Way West
Lori Parkinson (LP) played her NCAA basketball last season at Southern Utah under new Bronco head coach JR Payne. Parkinson spoke with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) about her experience so far and hopeful contributions to the team.

August 27, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Fall Photo Day
EYEBRONCO reporter and senior Nici Gilday caught up with teammates Beth Carlson, Vanessa Leo and Taylor Berry on women's basketball fall photo day 2014. EYEBRONCO reporter and Santa Clara golfer Annie Freman quizzed Morgan McGwire on how well she knows assistant coach Bianca Ziemann. Get to know the players a little better and check out some of the scenery on the Mission campus in this video!

August 19, 2014
Women's Basketball Announces West Coast Conference Schedule
Santa Clara women’s basketball will open its West Coast Conference schedule at the Leavey Center on Dec. 27 vs. Saint Mary’s. The last meeting between the two teams was in Moraga when the Broncos came away with an 89-83 upset. It is the earliest start to WCC play in program history with the previous record being last season when the conference season started Dec. 30.

July 26, 2014
Lori Parkinson Transfers to Santa Clara
Santa Clara women’s basketball will welcome transfer Lori Parkinson to the Mission campus for the 2014-15 season. Parkinson, a rising junior, played at Southern Utah the past two years under new Santa Clara head coach JR Payne. She attended Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah where she was a candidate for the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award as a senior.

July 16, 2014
Nici Gilday Reflects on her Experiences On and Off the Court
Nici Gilday (NG) discusses with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) her experiences attending SCU and playing for the women’s basketball team. Gilday shares her unique perspective as a native local to Santa Clara. She also delves into her experience working at Bronco summer camp.

June 27, 2014
Women's Basketball Staff Takes Part in Chillin'4Charity
The Santa Clara women’s basketball coaching staff joined the Chillin’4Charity trend recently and jumped into the pool at the Sullivan Aquatic Center to help raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation. The foundation helps raise awareness for breast cancer and funds research.

June 17, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Basketball Photo Day
Santa Clara women's basketball takes its turn in the EYEBRONCO photo day series. Marie Bertholdt and Brooke Gallaway talk with reporter Cali Reis about their selfie game, go-to meal after a practice and roommates on the team.