Kim Tom's desperation three-pointer as time expired fell short as UC Santa Cruz closed their regular season with a 65-63 loss at Cal Maritime.
UCSC fell to 13-11 on the season. Cal Maritime won their fifth-straight game to improve to 8-18 and avenge a loss in Santa Cruz last month.
The hosts opened the game on a 14-3 run as UCSC hit just one field-goal in the first six minutes. The Slugs then scored seven unanswered points to end the first quarter trailing by only four. The Slugs opened the second quarter with a jumper from Madison Van Zandt to get within two. The hosts came back and controlled the quarter until a three-pointer from Morgan Tomberlin at the buzzer made the halftime score 30-27.
In the third quarter UCSC took their only lead of the game on a Jean Dulay three-pointer 3:21 in that made it 34-33. Again the hosts came back and UCSC was unable to overtake the Keelhaulers.
UCSC made one last comeback with 5:30 left in the fourth trailing 59-51. The Banana Slugs went on a 10-2 run to tie it at 61 with a little over a minute left. Maritime's Luisa Dela Rosa then went 3-4 from free throws and had a steal to give the Keelhaulers the lead back. Ashley Holmes hit a put-back basket to make it 64-63 and set up the thrilling conclusion. The Slugs were forced to foul, but Keelhauler Jennifer Keys went just 1-2 from the line. However Tom's shot missed its mark ,sending UCSC to its second consecutive loss.
UCSC shot 36.1%(22-61) from the field and was 26% (6-23) from three-point range. Cal Maritime shot 37.7%, hitting one more shot (23-61). The Keelhaulers were 7-22 from three for 31.8% The Slugs enjoyed a 37-33 rebounding edge.
Madison Van Zandt led the Banana Slugs with 14 points and eight rebounds. Fellow freshman Jenna Sparks added 11 points. Jennifer Keys led Cal Maritime with 12 points, incuding 2-6 from three-point range.
The Slugs next travel to Winston-Salem, NC to compete in the Great South Athletic Conference tournament.