SANTA CRUZ-- On a night when whey were honored by teammates, family, friends and fans, Seniors Brianne Faria and Allison Arnese gave UCSC the greatest gift they could; a Cal Pac Conference playoff berth.
UCSC's 62-53 win over Bethany College propelled them into the postseason for the first time in school history. Faria, a third-year starter at guard and forward, led the push, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Arnese, the team's starting center, recorded a season-high 12 points and 5 rebounds, as well as setting up numerous scores with her physical play.
Junior Forward Murriel Hays led Bethany with 16 points.
The win brings UCSC's conference record to 7-5, locking up the #2 seed in the Cal Pac Conference's Southern division. The Slugs will find out early next week where and when they'll play.
Faria, who will leave UCSC the team's second all-time leading scorer, has led the team all season with her intense hustling. She leads the team in rebounding (5.2), free-throw percentage (72.0%) and steals (56) and is also second on the team in scoring (11.7) and assists (50).
Arnese has started 19 games for the Slugs this season, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds a game, while providing a strong defensive presence throughout.
The team has one final game remaining in the regular season as they travel to CSU Monterey Bay Saturday night.
Congratulations to both Seniors on outstanding careers. Good luck!