Slug Defense Stymies the Engineers
THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- The Slugs ran their season record to 10-6 with a 64-37 win over the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Engineers. Led by the exceptional defense of and Taylor Willis and a game high five steals from Geena Giovannetti, the defense dominated from start to finish. The Slugs held WPI to 28% shooting and forced 26 turnovers. On offense, twelve different Slugs scored. Leah Parrish led the way with 13 points.
The game was close early as the lead changed hands four times. Both teams struggled on offense but the Slugs held a slim 8-7 lead with 7 minutes gone in the first half. With the defense in high gear, the offense finally got rolling and the Slugs ran off 10 straight points. Sarah Mackey hit back to back jumpers and Jasmin Dimson and Giovannetti drained 3 point shots. When Ashley Holmes hit consecutive three pointers, the Slugs led 33-16. Free throws by Leah Parrish and Ryane Ortiz closed out the scoring as the Slugs went to the break up 38-19.
The Slugs started the second half with an 11-3 run which pushed the lead to 49-22 and ended any chance the Engineers had at victory. Parrish shredded the Engineer defense for six quick points. Mackey hit a short jumper and Ortiz nailed a three. The Engineers would not get closer than 20 points the rest of the way. Tyler Stewart put the finishing touches on this one draining a long 3 pointer.
The Slugs start the New Year on the road against the UC Merced Bobcats on January 4th.