SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The UCSC Banana Slugs battled to the end but suffered a nail biting 56-55 overtime loss to Cal State San Marcos on Saturday Night at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Slugs battled back twice from 7 point deficits, opened a 6 point lead in overtime but squandered several opportunities to put San Marcos away. A rebound put back by the Cougars with 6 seconds to go in OT provided the final margin of victory.
The loss did not dull an otherwise bright evening as UCSC said goodbye to 6 seniors. The 2015 class combined for 61 wins including two 1000+ point scorers and took Banana Slug basketball to a new level. The girls' basketball talents are only matched by their quality as individuals. To Sara Crane, Sarah Fitzgerald, Geena Giovannetti, Erin Joo, Sarah Mackey and Leah Parrish, we say thank you. Thank you for sharing the last four years with us and for being such great role models of what a student athlete should be.
As Bob Hope said …. Thanks for the Memories. Here is a small glimpse of the last four years of fun.
2011-2012 The Journey Begins –
Fitzgerald brings it up the court, bounce pass to Mackey at the high point who flips it to Parrish. Parrish spins and powers it home. Make it 11 and 11 for Parrish the first career double double for the freshman. ….
Chapman is having a tough time with the Slug defense. Nicole Moy drives Mackey Blocks it. Hood rebounds Mackey turns it away again. Joo snatches the rebound and hits Giovannetti on the wing. Giovannetti with a touch pass to the trailing Mackey. Score another bucket for Mackey. What a night for Mackey - 22 points 12 rebounds and 10 Blocks as the Slugs upset the first place Chapman Cougars 56-54…
Joo with a block long pass to Fitzgerald. Sara drives and scores make it 7 for Fitzgerald. Pacific Union to in bound Joo with a steal to Giovannetti for threeeeee – count it Slugs by 25. UCSC is well on its way to its fifth straight win….
The Slugs are just cruising against UC Merced five four three to one - make it 12 wins on the season more than the previous two years combined.
2012-2013 The First Winning Season –
UC Santa Cruz is hitting on all cylinders. Parrish gathers another rebound and makes a quick outlet to Joo. Joo swings it Giovannetti who hits the streaking Mackey. Count it. The Slugs will roll over Pomona Pitzer and improve their record to 4-1 on the season….
What a wild game here at La Verne. Neither team is playing much defense. Mackey scores again make it 33 on the night. Fitzgerald rebounds and passes to Giovannetti. Giovannetti is dialing long distance again. It's good and that's 4 on the night. The Slugs pass the Century mark. Joo closes it out with a steal and a layup to put the final touches on a 104-97 win at La Verne……
The Slugs are giving 15th ranked Emmanuel University all they can handle. Parrish is overpowering them on both ends of the court. Joo drives dishes to Parrish who knocks it down. Make it 10 for Parrish and 3 assists for Joo. Final score in an upset the UCSC Banana Slugs 72 Emmanuel 55.
The Slugs are just over powering Pacific Union. Fitzgerald is lining up another three. Swish. Make it two on the night for Sara and the Slugs lead by 60. UC Santa Cruz will hit the 14 win mark on the season.
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