ANTELOPE VALLEY - UC Santa Cruz finished their southern California weekend with a close game but ultimately lost 69-64 to Antelope Valley in a game which came down to the last quarter.
The loss brought the Banana Slugs record to 4-12 and gave Antelope Valley their 13th win, bringing them to 13-6.
The Slugs were up by as much as 7 in the first quarter, however the Pioneers proved to be difficult to shut down as the game was neck and neck for the following three quarters. The Banana Slugs led Antelope Valley after three quarters with a score of 52-49. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Antelope Valley started to come back and take the win, scoring 20 points to the Slugs' 12. That included the hosts going on a 7-0 run in the last two minutes.
UCSC shot 24 for 63 (38.1%) from the field and was 11 for 27 (40.7%) three-pointers, with Katie Young and CJ Catina both leading the Slugs' scoring with 18 points each. Catina also had a career-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double.
Antelope Valley outrebounded the Slugs 50-30. The Pioneers were 12-20 from the free throw line compared to UCSC's 5-6.
UCSC will play their next game in San Marcos against St. Katherine at 2pm on Feb. 2nd