Women's Basketball loses at Menlo; still at playoff cusp

ATHERTON, CA -- The Women's Basketball team reamains one win away from making the Cal Pac playoffs after losing at Menlo College, 42-52 Friday night in Atherton.

Senior Guard Brianne Faria scored 13 points with 4 rebounds and 3 steals in the loss. Sophomore Guard Rachel Baudler shot 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc, part of her 12 points on the night.

Heather Hoffman of Menlo would lead the Oaks with 10 points in a low-scoring contest. Lindsay Green, who earlier in the season burned the Slugs with a 20 point - 7 rebound performance, collected 11 rebounds.

UCSC was pounded on the boards; Menlo outrebounded the team 45-25. UCSC's 42 points were a season low. The Slugs shot just 30 percent from the field, and 47 percent from the free throw line. But UCSC stayed tough in the second-half; holding Menlo to 25 percent shooting.

The loss snaps UCSC's season-high four game winning streak. UCSC's conference record is now 6-5; still leaving them in second place in the Cal Pac's southern division. UCSC's overall season record is now 7-15; already two wins better than last season.

With a win this Friday at home against arch-rival Bethany College, the team can claim its first postseason appearance in school history. Game time is at 5:30 pm.