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Women's Basketball Falls In Conference Opener 84-71

Jan. 7, 2007

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team dropped its West Coast Conference opener to rival Santa Clara by the score 84-71 Sunday afternoon from McKeon Pavilion. Senior center Sheridan Arredondo recorded a career-high 24 points but it was not enough as the Gaels had their four-game winning streak snapped. After the day, SMC moves to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in WCC play.

Arredondo tallied her career-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting in 24 minutes of action. Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith continued to stay hot especially from beyond the arc as she finished with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting. All four buckets came from downtown in only five attempts.

Santa Clara was paced by Chandice Cronk and Jen Gottschalk. Cronk tallied 26 points on an alarming 8-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc while Gottschalk recorded a game-high 27 on 11-of-15 shooting.

SMC was down one (17-18) with 15:54 left in the first but the Broncos then went on a 9-0 run and kept the Gaels scoreless for 10 minutes to take the 10 point advantage. At the intermission the 10 point lead is how it stayed as the Broncos went into the locker room with a 37-27 lead.

The Gaels tried to get on a run as Smith drilled three consecutive treys but the Broncos weathered the storm and kept the Gaels to within eight. Santa Clara then went on a 12-0 run to take a 20 point lead, one they would not relinquish.

Both teams shot well in McKeon as the Gaels converted 45 percent (27-of-60) of their attempts including a 67 percent (6-of-9) output from beyond the arc. SMC shot 73 percent from the charity stripe.

Santa Clara connected on 52 percent (33-of-63) of its shots from the floor and drilled 39 percent (11-of-28) of their threes. The Broncos shot 70 percent from the line.

Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza led all players with 11 rebounds, nearly missing a double-double with nine points. Ashley Graham recorded a game-high 11 assists for SCU.

The Gaels will continue WCC play as they hit the road and head to the Pacific Northwest. SMC will face Portland on Thursday, January 11 and then face Gonzaga on Saturday, January 13. Both games will tip-off at 7:05 PM.