SAN FRANCISCO—After dropping the first two, SantaClara Women’s Basketball (8-6, 1-2 WCC) won its first WestCoast Conference matchup in dramatic fashion last Saturday. The Broncos, who were down by 12 points at halftimeto the University of San Francisco, staged a double-digitcomeback and tied the score with less than 10 seconds to goin the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime. SantaClara rode its momentum to a 71-66 victory over the Donsduring the extra time.
Broncos first-year guard Lindsey VanAllen was the game’sleading scorer with 23 points and nailed the game-tyingthree-pointer late in the fourth. VanAllen’s career-high scoring night also came during her first collegiate start.
SANTA CLARA—On Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Clemson Tigers in a championship
game thousands of miles away from their respective hometowns. Despite the distance, Levi’s Stadium was jam-packed
with roughly 74,000 cheering fans.
In their fourth consecutive meeting during the college
football playoffs, No. 1 Alabama—led by coach Nick Saban
and Heisman runner-up quarterback Tua Tagovailoa—appeared to be the favorite. That was until the Tigers handed
the Crimson Tide their worst loss during Saban’s 12-year
tenure.It began early in the first quarter when Tagovailoa’s
third pass of the game was intercepted and returned for a
Clemson touchdown. Tua then responded with a 62-yard
touchdown pass the very next drive to tie the game up
Following another back and forth scoring round, Alabama
took its first and only lead of the day with a 25-yard field goal.
Then, Clemson, led by true freshman quarterback Trevor
Lawrence, left nothing to chance as the Tigers punched in
30 unanswered points. Lawrence finished the day 20-32
with 347 yards and three touchdowns and became the only
true first-year quarterback to lead his team to a national title
SPOKANE, WASH.—Despite their recent hot streak,
Santa Clara Men’s Basketball received a rude awakening
when they took on the Gonzaga Bulldogs last Saturday. Poor
shooting and a season-high 23 turnovers led to a 91-48 blowout of the Broncos, who were missing key guard KJ Feagin
due to injury.
The Bulldogs’ forward, Rui Hachimura, led the game in
scoring with 25 points. Gonzaga out-shot Santa Clara 51 percent to 33 percent from the field and the Broncos’ six-game
win streak met its demise.