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Women’s hoops squad makes NCAA’s
Santa Clara women’s basketball advanced to the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in program history by defeating No. 23 Gonzaga 77-66 in the West Coast Conference championship game. In the NCAA regional tournament at Fresno State University’s Save Mart Center, the 15th seeded Broncos lost 94-57 to second seeded Stanford, which also was the No. 1 team in the nation. The Broncos finished their season with a 17-14 overall record and averaged almost nine three-pointers per contest, ranking third best nationally.
Men’s hoops program among greatest ever
Santa Clara University men’s basketball was recently named one of the top 100 greatest college basketball programs of all time in a publication produced by Street & Smith’s. The Broncos were ranked 72nd among the 100 programs and were one of four West Coast Conference teams represented in the listings. The publication hit newsstands on January 25.
Davey receives contract extension
Men’s basketball coach Dick Davey, who has won 217 games in 13 seasons at SCU, received a contract extension in March. “Dick is a terrific person and an outstanding coach and mentor who has represented Santa Clara University with a high degree of class, style, and loyalty,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan. “He has a track record of recruiting the type of student-athlete who excels in the classroom and on the basketball court. Dick has been one of Santa Clara University’s top ambassadors for more than 28 years. I’m really thrilled that he will remain our basketball coach and I’m confident that our program will remain in a position to compete for championships on an annual basis.” The Broncos were 15-16 this season, which ended with a 69-64 loss to St. Mary’s in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament. Davey joined the basketball staff in 1977 as an assistant to Carroll Williams. He became the head coach in the fall of 1992 when Williams resigned to become the school’s director of athletics. Davey is the third-longest tenured coach among Division I institutions in the state of California and the longest tenured in the West Coast Conference. His 107 league wins are the third most in WCC history and the most among active coaches in the conference.
Broncos win Rivalry Series over San Jose State
Santa Clara recently won the Rivalry Series with San Jose State for the third straight year. The Broncos defeated the Spartans in men’s cross-country, soccer, basketball, and baseball. SCU also beat San Jose State in volleyball, and in women’s soccer, basketball, and tennis.
Santa Clara remains atop Commissioner Cup standings
The Broncos continued to lead the WCC Commissioner’s Cup standings after the completion of the winter season. The Commissioner’s Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league’s top performing school in conference play. A men’s and women’s All-Sports Award, recognizing athletic achievement within each gender, will also be presented. The Broncos vaulted to the lead in part to third-place finishes in the league’s regular season standings in both men’s and women’s basketball.