SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz had a happy homecoming.
Playing at home for the first time in two weeks, UC Santa Cruz's basketball held off Northwestern (Minn.) 57-49.
The Slugs improved to 5-6,while Northwestern fell to 5-5. The 49 points was the fewest UCSC have allowed this season.
Northwestern scored the first point of the game on a free-throw, before the Slugs went on a 6-0 run to grab the lead. UCSC never trailed again but had to fight the entire game to keep the Eagles at bay.
In the third quarter after Katie Young hit a three-pointer to make it 38-29, the Eagles went on an 8-0 run over 3:36 to get within 1 point(38-37). The Slugs broke their drought on Tyler Stewart's three-pointer, but Northwestern answered with Taryn Tumbleson hitting a layup at the buzzer, making it 41-39 heading into the fourth.
UCSC opened the final period with Kim Tom and Jasmine Dimson hitting threes to push the lead back to 8. The lead fluctuated between 4 and 9 points the entire quarter. When Northwestern began to foul in the final minutes, Tom and Jenna Sparks hit free-throws and the Slugs garnered rebounds to see out the game.
Jasmin Dimson led the Banana Slugs with 12 points, connecting on 4-7 shots from long range. Young and Sparks each added 11. Young flirted with a triple-double, finishing with a team-high eight assists to go with 7 rebounds. Michelle Poole led all players with 13 rebounds. Stewart had two more three-pointers last night, pushing her to 76 career treys and passing former teammate Geena Giovanetti for 8th place in school history.
Amy Berglund led the Eagles with 16 points and Tumbleson added 10.
UCSC shot only 28.4 % (19-67) field goals compared to Northwestern's 36.4%(20-55). The difference was UCSC hit 12 of 38 three-pointers (31.6%), the most attempts in one game in school history.
The Banana Slugs will next go against Whittier Thursday Dec. 22 at KP Arena.