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December 17-The Santa Clara University women's basketball team defeated Loyola of Chicago 82-58 at the Leavey Center, while San Francisco dropped their fifth straight game, falling to visiting Southern Mississippi 53-44


 

 
 
Pictured: Jennie Rondel came off the bench to knock down a career-high 17 points in leading the Broncos to an 82-58 win over Loyola of Chicago.

Santa Clara 82, Loyola Chicago 58
The Santa Clara University women's basketball team defeated Loyola of Chicago 82-58 this evening at the Leavey Center. Junior reserve Jennie Rondel led the Broncos with a career-high 17 points as Santa Clara improves to 5-3 on the season. The Ramblers fall to 1-7.

Senior Tammy Annas started the scoring for the Broncos with a lay-up, and the home squad never looked back. A baseline jumper from sophomore Kayla Huss put SCU ahead 12-4 while a three-pointer from sophomore post Kim Butler made it a 15-6 ballgame. Huss hit a baseline jumper as the 30-set shot clock was about to expire, giving Santa Clara a comfortable lead at intermission, 36-21.

SCU kept the pace fast as the second half began, with a Quinn Thomas steal and a Huss lay-in that moved the lead to 40-24. A great backdoor pass from Annas to Rhea for two more points forced Loyola‚s head coach to call a time out with 14 minutes remaining and the Broncos ahead by 21.

Annas finished with a game-high nine rebounds, while Rhea chipped in eight, as did the Ramblers‚ Maggie Toczylowski. The Broncos held Loyola to 29.8 percent shooting while hitting over 50 percent of their shots for only the second time this season.

The Broncos remain at home and host Pacific on Saturday. The game will be the last for the team before the holiday break and is slated for 2 p.m. Santa Clara returns to the courts on Saturday, Dec. 28, hosting Arkansas State at 2 p.m. Both contests will be at the Leavey Center.

Southern Mississippi 53, USF 44
USF has built a reputation for losing close ballgames during the 2002-2003 season, with narrow losses against top-25 opponents. Tonight against Southern Mississippi, the Lady Dons simply lost ugly, falling 53-44 in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday at War Memorial Gym. San Francisco (2-7) drops their fifth straight game just in time to leave on a season-long eight-game road trip, while the Lady Golden Eagles (6-3) made the Transamerica flight pay off with a big road victory.

Sauer once again led the way for USF with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-11 from the field, while sophomore guard Toni Russell added 12 and dished out six assists, but scored just two second half points.

Senior forward Dana Jones scored 11 points off the bench for Southern Miss, while junior guard Lana Lewis added 10 points. The Golden Eagles shot at a .619 (13-21) clip in the first half, finishing at .526 (20-38) for the game.

San Francisco could not overcome woeful offensive execution and poor shooting, finishing the game a frigid .348 (16-46) and made just seven field goals in the second half.

USF takes to the road for their next eight contests and plays their final game before the Christmas holiday, Friday, Dec. 20 in Seattle against the Huskies of Washington. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Bank of America Arena. The contest will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest and will be broadcast twice on Dec. 21 at 3:00 AM and 10:00 AM.