Banana Slugs’ Defensive Gem Leads to Road Win

Banana Slugs’ Defensive Gem Leads to Road Win

PASADENA (12-15) – The Banana Slugs went on the road, for the first time this season, to take on California Institute of Technology. The Banana Slugs would allow four points in both the second and fourth quarters as the Banana Slugs won 65-30.

In their last contest, UC Santa Cruz defeated Whittier College 77-50 on Sunday in Santa Cruz while the Beavers lost to NAIA opponent UC Merced 89-49 on November 28th.

In the first quarter, the Beavers started the game with a 6-0 run, capped by a Michelle Wong layup with 6:27 left in the quarter. The 6-0 lead was the largest of the ballgame for the Beavers. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 7-0 run capped by a Katherine Mauldin jumper with 3:46 left in the quarter. Over the next few possessions, the two teams would trade the lead back and forth. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 10-9, on a Katie Young three pointer with 1:19 left. Jasmin Dimson's jumper with forty-one seconds left gave the Banana Slugs their largest lead of the quarter, at three, at 12-9. The Banana Slugs would lead 12-10 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Banana Slugs would start the quarter on 13-0 run, capped by an Ashley Holmes jumper with 3:39 left in the half, to make the score 25-10. The Beavers would get as close as thirteen on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 27-14 on a Madeline Schemel jumper with 1:30 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would lead 30-14 at the halftime intermission.  

The Banana Slugs trend of extending their halftime lead in the third quarter extended for a third consecutive game as the Banana Slugs outscored the Beavers 25-12 in the third frame. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at thirty-one on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 55-24 after a pair of Ashley Holmes free throws with thirty-five seconds left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs led 55-26 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Beavers would come as close as twenty-nine, at 57-28, on a Stephanie Wong layup with 8:14 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at thirty-seven, at 65-28, after a pair of Jenna Sparks free throws with 4:28 left. The Banana Slugs would go on to win 65-30 for their third consecutive victory.

Michelle Poole had ten points to lead the Banana Slugs. Kate Lewis had a game high eleven points for the Beavers. Tyler Stewart had nine points and Mauldin and Kim Tom both had eight points off the bench in the win. Michelle Wong had five points for the Beavers.

The Banana Slugs shot 32.9% (24-73) from the field, 18.2% (6-33) from the three-point line and was 73.3% (11-15) from the free throw line. The Beavers shot 17.7% (11-62) from the field, 0% (0-12) from the three-point line and 57.1% (8-14) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced twenty-four Beaver turnovers scoring twenty-one points off the turnovers while the Beavers' defense forced fifteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring six points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded California Tech 55-48 and the Banana Slugs had thirty-one more points off the bench (33-2) than did the Beavers.

The Banana Slugs will return home for their next three games. The Banana Slugs' next game will be Saturday as they take on Whitworth University at 7 pm at West Field House.