SANTA CRUZ-This Friday's game was heated as the UC Santa Cruz women's basketball team went head to head against the Bethesda University Flames with an attendance of 142 in the Kaiser Permanente Arena, with both sides of the bleachers cheering on their respective teams before the Slugs pulled out a thrilling 63-62 win.
Bethesda University Flames started the first period with a 15-14 lead with Bethesda player Victoria Stewart scoring most of the points along with Taylor Smalley, though the score was brought up considerably by Kim Tom's field goals and Alaina Alvarez's free throws and jump-shots. The second period began with a Bethesda lead of 22-21, but this soon changed when CJ Catina made two free throws bringing the score to 22-23 for UCSC. Slugs finished the first half of the game with a lead of 33-25.
The second half became intense as both teams were evenly matched as Bethesda quickly caught up with the score ending the third period with a score of 49-45 in favor of UCSC. The final ten minutes of the game was the most exciting as all 142 persons in attendance waited to see if the score of 61-60 could be broken.
Bethesda scored off an inbounds pass with under one second left. That looked to be the end when in the last couple of moments, Bethesda's Smalley committed a foul with 0.1 seconds left, resulting in an excited uproar from Slug fans as Tom made two successful free throws, ending the game with a Slug victory of 63-62!
Senior and molecular cell/developmental biology major Tom was the star of Senior Night as she made three 3 pointers out of a total of seven field goals and also scored all four free throws during the game playing for a total of thirty-five minutes. Jenna Sparks had thirteen rebounds and four blocks. Katilin Stephenson also made thirteen rebounds while freshman Bailey Zazueta made four assists.