SANTA CRUZ (12-20) – The Banana Slugs played their second game in as many days as they took on Earlham College. The game featured eleven ties and seven lead changes, however, in the end, it was the Banana Slugs who pulled out a 56-46 victory over the visiting Quakers.
Both teams lost their last game. UC Santa Cruz defeated Whitworth University 70-60 yesterday in Santa Cruz while the Quakers lost to Chapman University 91-87 in double overtime yesterday in Santa Cruz.
The first quarter was played at a back and forth pace with neither team getting any separation from the other. The Quakers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at three, at 12-9, on a pair of Kiara Scott free throws with forty seconds left. The Quakers led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the teams would trade the lead back and forth through the first half of the quarter. The Quakers would take their largest lead of the quarter at two, at 16-14, on a Hannah Franklin jumper with 7:16 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would get back into the game and would take the lead for good, at 21-18, on a Jasmin Dimson three pointer with 5:45 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at eight, at 28-20, on a Jean Dulay free throw with thirty seconds left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 28-20 at the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Quakers would chip away at the lead coming as close as four, at 28-24, on a Maya Luney layup with 8:15 left in the third quarter. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead back to seven, at 33-26, on a Michelle Poole free throw with 5:40 left in the quarter. The Quakers would then go on a 9-2 run, capped by a Kasin Spay layup with 2:06 left, to tie the score at 35-35. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 9-2 run of their own, capped by an Ashley Holmes layup with forty-nine seconds left, to make the score 44-37. The Banana Slugs led 44-39 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Quakers would go on a quick 5-0 run, capped by a Mariah Flynn layup with 8:29 left, to tie the game at 44-44. From there the Banana Slugs would build their lead. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits at 57-46 on a Trina Torres layup with 4:52 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at fourteen, at 62-48, on a Dimson three pointer with fifty-eight seconds left. The Banana Slugs won 62-52.
Tyler Stewart had thirteen points to lead the Banana Slugs. Spay had a game high fourteen points for the Quakers. Trina Torres had ten points in the win. Hannah Franklin had twelve points for the Quakers.
The Banana Slugs shot 29.4% (20-68) from the field, 25% (7-28) from the three-point line and was 75% (15-20) from the free throw line. The Quakers shot 29.7% (19-64) from the field, 0% (0-11) from the three-point line and 70% (14-20) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced fifteen Quaker turnovers scoring eighteen points off the turnovers while the Quakers' defense forced twelve turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring five points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Earlham 50-47 while each team had eleven second chance points.
The Banana Slugs will play their final game at home of the calendar year tomorrow as they take on Chapman University at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Game time is set for 4 pm.