PASADENA (2-19) – UC Santa Cruz finalized their 2017-18 regular season as they traveled to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The Banana Slugs defeated the Beavers 60-46.
Both teams won their last game. The Banana Slugs won 63-62 over NCCAA member Bethesda University on Friday in Santa Cruz while the Beavers won 97-74 over University of La Verne on Wednesday in La Verne.
The win marked the Banana Slugs' fifth in six games.
In the first quarter, the two teams would trade baskets to start the game. The Beavers took the lead at 3-2 on a Nika Haleftiras three pointer with 7:29 left. The one point lead would be the largest lead of the ballgame for the Beavers. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 5-0 spurt, capped by a Katilin Stephenson jumper with 6:34 left in the quarter, to take the lead for good at 7-3. The Banana Slugs led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the two teams went scoreless for the first 3:50. The Beavers would come as close as one, at 9-8, on a Lauren Suezaki layup with 5:57 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at seven at 19-12 on a Suhansi Perera layup with thirty-four seconds left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 19-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Banana Slugs held the Beavers at arm's length. The Beavers would come as close as two on two occasions, but UCSC would gain their largest lead of the quarter at seven on three occasions; the third occasion at 33-26 on a Kim Tom layup with thirty eight seconds left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs led 33-28 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Banana Slugs expanded their lead after Beavers would come as close as 33-30 with 8:43 left. The Banana Slugs would take a double digit lead, at 44-34, on a Perera three pointer with 5:12 left and gained their largest lead of the ballgame at 56-40, on a Stephenson free throw with 1:56 left.
Samantha D'Costa had thirteen points for the Beavers.
UCSC shot 37.7% (23-61) from the field, 42.1% (8-19) from the three-point line and were 66.7% (6-9) from the free throw line. The Beavers shot 29.1% (16-55) from the field, 16.7% (1-6) from the three-point line and 86.7% (13-15) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced sixteen Beaver turnovers scoring ten points off the turnovers while the Beavers' defense forced fifteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring four points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded California Tech 41-38 and had twenty-one more points off the paint (29-8) than did the Beavers.
The Banana Slugs will now wait until next Monday to see if they are selected to go to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Tournament.