Santa Cruz Size and Depth Too Much for Pacific Union
AWGIN, CA -- On paper the Slugs appeared to be too big, too fast and too deep for the Pacific Uniion Pioneers. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, what appeared to be true on paper came true as UC Santa Cruz overpowered the stubborn Pioneers 88-26. Behind 20 points from Sarah Mackey and 15 points from Lashay Alexander, the slug post players dominated the smaller Pioneers. When the Pioneers closed down the inside scoring, the Slug sharp shoots rained 3s on the Pioneers. This game was close early as the Pioneers forced 7 turnovers in the first 8 minutes. The Slugs held a slim 10-6 lead. The Slug defense led by Taylor Willis and Erin Joo kept the Pioneers at bay until the offense got rolling. Coach Kent's liberal substitutions wore down Pacific Union. Once the offense got rolling this game was over.
Lashay Alexander got the Slugs moving with two quick baskets. Ryane Ortiz, Amanda Spence drained long 3s. Erin Joo followed with a nice drive. Sarah Fitzgerald drained a nice jumper and the Slugs quickly opened a 25-13 lead. After a Pacific Union time out, Sarah Mackey took over. Sarah made back to back jumpers, two free throws and blocked a shot which led to a Taylor Willis jumper as the lead grew to 31-13. The Pioneers converted a few baskets down the stretch and cut the Slug lead 34-19 at the break.
Santa Cruz settled down in the second half. The Slugs eliminated the turnovers and outscored Pacific Union 53-11. All the freshman played key roles during a 23 to 5 run that blew this game open. Ashley Holmes and Amanda Spence hit several long jumpers. Trina Torres and Jean Dulay forced the Pioneers into several mistakes and Lashay Alexander dominated the inside play. Taylor put the finishing touches on this game. She made a layup after a beautiful steal and then hit Lashay with a slick no look pass.
The Slugs improved their record to 14-9 with one game to go against Cal State San Marcos as home.