SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Leah Parrish became just the third player in UC Santa Cruz's women's basketball program history to score 1,000 points as UC Santa Cruz beat USCAA member Bristol University 90-51.
UC Santa Cruz was coming off a 95-39 win over Mount Mary University on Sunday in Milwaukee and Bristol lost their last game 38-37 to the University of Southern California junior varsity team on February 6th in Los Angeles.
The Banana Slugs would never trail in this contest. The Banana Slugs started the game on a 5-0 run, capped by a Geena Giovanetti three pointer with 19:11 left in the first half. The closest the Bears would come was one, at 5-4, on a Jasime Matthews layup. The Banana Slugs would take a double digit lead, at 19-9, on an Erin Joo layup with 11:55 left in the first half. The Bears would trim the Banana Slugs' lead to four, at 32-28, with 4:55 left in the half on a Jessica Phillips layup. The Banana Slugs would outscore the Bears during the remainder of the half 11-6 to take a 43-34 lead into the halftime intermission.
For the fourth consecutive game, the Banana Slugs would carry their double digit lead through the entire second half. The closest the Bears would come was twelve at 46-34 with 19:54 left. Parrish's milestone basket came with 5:34 remaining on a layup to make the score 78-47.
Geena Giovannetti had a game high twenty points. Matthews had sixteen points for the Bears. Sarah Mackey and Parrish both had double-doubles with nineteen points and twelve rebounds apiece and Lashay Alexander had eleven points. Monica Jackson had twelve points and Ariel Temple had ten points for the Bears.
The Banana Slugs shot 43.7% (38-87) from the field, 29.4% (5-17) from the three point line and was 52.9% (9-17) from the free throw line. The Bears shot 29.7% (19-64) from the field, 22.2% (2-9) from the three point line and 47.8% (11-23) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced twenty Bear turnovers scoring twenty four points off the turnovers while the Bears' defense forced twelve turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring thirteen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Bethesda 62-41 and the Banana Slugs had twenty more second chance points (25-5) than did the Bears.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be next Saturday as they take on NAIA Division I member CSU San Marcos at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.