Women's Basketball To Host Santa Clara, San Francisco This Week

After their first West Coast Conference road trip of the season, Saint Mary's Women's Basketball returns home for a pair of Bay Area rivalry games against WCC foes.

MORAGA, Calif. — After their first West Coast Conference road trip of the season, Saint Mary's Women's Basketball returns home for a pair of Bay Area rivalry games against WCC foes. The Gaels will host Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday as they look to pick up a pair of conference wins.
 
THE DETAILS
Santa Clara Broncos (5-4, 1-2) vs. Saint Mary's Gaels (2-7, 0-3)
Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 pm
University Credit Union Pavilion – Moraga, Calif.
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San Francisco Dons (4-5, 0-3) vs. Saint Mary's Gaels (2-7, 0-3)
Saturday, January 9 at 11:00 am
University Credit Union Pavilion – Moraga, Calif.
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THE LAST TIME OUT
The Gaels hit the road for a long weekend of hoops that wrapped around to Monday, falling to #23 Gonzaga and the defending conference champions, the Portland Pilots. After a poor shooting performance against the Zags, the Gaels began to find their touch against the Pilots. Most of their scoring in defeat came from a trio of players: Finau Tonga (16 points), Jordyn Boesel (12 points), and Madeline Holland (12 points). Ultimately it was the Gaels defense that struggled against Portland, where they allowed the Pilots to shoot over 50% in every quarter of their contest.
 
BRAVO, BOESEL
One of the bright spots on Monday offensively was the performance of Jordyn Boesel, who lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 12 points, a career-best for the senior. It did not take long for her to hit her career-best in points, doing so in the first quarter alone, and ending the game a tidy 5-6 from the floor and 2-3 from beyond the arc (also a career-best in made three-pointers). Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this was the fact that she only played in 17 minutes.
 
ABOUT SANTA CLARA
A lower-scoring offensive team, Santa Clara has lost its last two WCC games, most recently to LMU on January 2 (66-57). The only two times Santa Clara has scored over 60 points in a game came against UC Santa Barbara in a back-to-back against the Gauchos on Dec. 18 and 19. Their most recent WCC game against Pepperdine, set for January 4, was postponed due to cautions over COVID-19. While the offense has struggled for the Broncos, their defense has been stout, allowing just 58.1 points per game and forcing 19.3 turnovers per game. Lindsey VanAllen is leading the charge on offense with 11.8 points per game and she has been strong defensively, leading the Broncos with 2.1 steals per game.
 
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
A hot start has cooled off for the Dons as they have lost their last three after opening up 4-2. Their offense was as hot as any to begin the year, with 100-point performances over Fresno State and Sacramento State. In their first three WCC games, however, the Dons have not scored more than 55 points. Most recently, San Francisco lost at home to LMU 72-55 in a shortened week of play that featured a game against Pepperdine postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. The Dons are led by freshman sensation Ioanna Krimili, who is averaging 18.9 points per game and began her collegiate career with four-straight 20+ point performances.
 
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