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Women's Basketball Throttles Santa Clara 76-61

Feb. 3, 2007

Box Score

Santa Clara, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team put its foot to the gas pedal from the opening tip until the final buzzer as the Gaels recorded a 76-61 victory against rival Santa Clara Saturday night. Four Gaels recorded double digits in points as SMC improves to 10-11 on the season and 4-4 in West Coast Conference play.

The Gaels went into the locker room with a 38-23 advantage and kept it coming in the beginning of the second half. SMC held Santa Clara scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half and raced to a 29 point lead.

The Broncos pulled the game to within 11 with 2:14 left but senior center Sheridan Arredondo delivered the final blow with a lay-in and a foul. Arredondo converted the three-point play to hand SMC a 71-57 lead.

The Gaels came out of the gates firing as they quickly raced to a 10-point lead with 11:58 left in the first half.

After sophomore Jontelle Smith connected on her second three of the half, the Pinole native sunk two free throws the next time down to give the Gaels the double-digit lead.

Smith paced the Gaels with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Smith drilled three treys and sunk 2-of-3 free throws.

Arredondo closely followed with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor while grabbing seven rebounds.

Junior Maija Lahde nearly missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Finland native shot 7-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 2-of-2 from downtown.

Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy did record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shaughnessy also handed out seven assists and shot 3-fo-5 from the floor.

Chandice Cronk led the Broncos with 16 points on the strength of five threes. Ashley Graham scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The Gaels shot 46 percent (27-of-58) from the floor, 54 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc and 54 percent (15of-28) from the charity stripe.

Santa Clara shot 36 percent (22-of-61) from the floor, 28 percent (7-of-25) from three and 44 percent (10-of-23) from the free throw line.

Saint Mary's will continue West Coast Conference action when it returns home to face Gonzaga. Game time is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.