Maggie Goldenberger hit a 15-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds left to help the eighth-seeded Santa Clara women's basketball team upset No. 5 San Diego 68-67 in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Dominique Conners hit a short pull-up jump shot with 13.1 seconds left to give the Toreros a 67-66 lead. But after a timeout, Broncos guard Telisha Anderson drove the ball into the lane and found Goldenberger open at the top of the key for the winning basket.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for Santa Clara, which will play No. 4 Portland in the second round on Saturday at noon. It's the second straight year the Broncos (4-26) have won a first round game as the No. 8 seed in the WCC Tournament. They upset Saint Mary's 82-55 last season.
Coming into Friday, five of the Broncos' past nine losses were by nine points or less. There were seven lead changes in the second half.
"I think we're better than our record shows and it's good to prove that in the tournament," said Goldenberger, who scored all 12 of her points in the second half. "This is the best time to do it."
Santa Clara junior forward Lena Gipson had 21 points, including seven in the final five minutes, and 10 rebounds.
Four players scored in double figures for the Toreros (15-14), including 22 from Conners and 10 from guard Sara VanderHorst, a Pleasanton native.
Loyola Marymount 61, USF 54: Rheina Ale scored 13 points, but the seventh-seeded Dons (5-27) shot 7-for-34 from the field in the second half. The Lions (13-16) next will face Pepperdine.
Griner aftermath: Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said standout Baylor fresman Britteny Griner simply "snapped" and shouldn't be defined for throwing a punch at Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle and breaking the player's nose after the two tangled in the Bears' victory Wednesday. Mulkey called Griner a "gentle giant." Mulkey added one game to Griner's automatic NCCA one-game suspension.
Loyola Marymount 87, Pepperdine 84: Vernon Teel scored a game-high 27 points, and the fifth-seeded Lions (17-14) advanced to a WCC Tournament quarterfinal meeting against USF (12-17). The Waves (7-24) reduced an 11-point deficit with 10 minutes left to two with 23 seconds to go but couldn't get off a 3-pointer before the final buzzer.
Etc.: Richmond High graduate Eli Holman had a double-double and Detroit led from start to finish in a 62-53 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the second round of the Horizon League tournament. ... Cornell became the first team to earn an NCAA Tournament bid, clinching its third straight Ivy League championship with a 95-76 win over Brown.
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