Santa Clara

Last season: 12-18, 5-11 (sixth in the West Coast Conference)

Coach: Jennifer Mountain, fifth season, 32-91

Key Players: Senior guard

Meagan Fulps (11.1 points), senior forward

Lindsay Leo (11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds).

Scouting Report: The Broncos lost guard

Alyssa Shoji, Santa Clara's No. 4 career all-time scorer (1,374). But with 11 players returning, the Broncos seem poised to raise the level of their play with better defense, depth, communication, energy and conditioning. Leading the way is Fulps, who is 11th all-time at SCU in career scoring average (11.3). Leo, a former Archbishop Mitty star, was named to College Sports Madness preseason All-WCC first team. ... Junior center

Ruta Zurauskyte (7.9 rebounds, 12.8 points per game), is back. She was named Jesuit Basketball's National Player of the Week thanks to a 33-point, 13-rebounds performance before she was sidelined for the season with an ACL injury. ...


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Sophomore guard

Nici Gilday from Presentation High played a key reserve role last season and ranked second on the team in field goal percentage (.476) and tied for first in steals (17). ...

Vanessa Leo, Lindsay's younger sister, is suiting up this season after redshirting last season.

-- P.J. BROWN