Jared Brownridge celebrates 2,000 points and finishes just shy of SCU’s all-time top spot for scoring.
Guard Jared Brownridge ’17 pulled off something even Kurt Rambis ’80 and Steve Nash ’96 didn’t: He scored 2,000 points at SCU. Brownridge reached that milestone Jan. 5, in a 70–42 win over Portland. The communication major from Aurora, Illinois, is one of only four active players in the country—and the second in school history—to hit that mark. Brownridge crossed the finish line in style, converting a fast break reverse layup around Alec Wintering for the landmark basket.
Brownridge is now the second leading scorer in SCU history behind Kevin Foster '13.
“It feels great to get the win,” Brownridge said. “That’s the only thing that mattered. Individually, it feels great to reach a milestone. I’ve put in a lot of work at Santa Clara to get there.” The first season under accomplished head coach Herb Sendek hasn’t been as smooth as the team hoped, mixing impressive wins (Jan. 26 over BYU) with disappointing losses (Gonzaga, three times).
But the Broncos are getting better: SCU improved its monthly record each month this season before February, with January serving as its best split at 5–3. It finished the season 17-16 overall and 10-8 in conference.
Coming off its first postseason appearance in 10 years, SCU women’s basketball had momentum rolling into 2016. The Broncos started slow but have battled under first-year coach Bill Carr. Led by Lori Parkinson ’16 and Emily Wolph ’18, SCU recovered from a four-game losing streak to finish in a fifth-place tie in the West Coast Conference.
“This conference is crazy good,” Carr said. “I knew that when I signed up for the job. Every night is going to be a war.”