SANTA ANA (2-10) – UC Santa Cruz played their second game of a four-game road trip as they took on NCCAA member Westcliff University in Santa Ana. The Banana Slugs outscored the Warriors by nineteen in the first half en route to a 74-46 victory.
The win marked the Banana Slugs' fifth in the last six games.
In the first quarter, Simone Hall scored the first basket of the game for the Warriors with 9:17 left in the quarter. The two-point lead was matched one other time at 5-3 with 5:41 left in the quarter on a Jaquel Quest three pointer. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 9-7, on a Savannah Henson three pointer with five minutes left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the quarter at nine on a Jenna Sparks free throw with ten seconds left and led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Banana Slugs would lengthen their lead. The Banana Slugs started the quarter on an 8-2 run, capped by a Henson jumper, to give the Banana Slugs a 24-9 lead with 8:20 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at twenty-one, at 41-20, on an Ashley Kowack three pointer with 1:14 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 41-22 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Banana Slugs would hold the Warriors at arms' length. The Warriors would come as close as sixteen on two occasions; the second occasion at 50-34 on an Andrece Tate free throw with 5:29 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at twenty-five on a Brianne Ulloa three pointer with 1:27 left to lead 61-36 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Banana Slugs continued to pull away. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the game at twenty-eight on a Suhansi Perera layup with 1:20 left to finish scoring.
Kowack had a game-high seventeen points. Simone Hall had fourteen points for the Warriors. Henson and Kaylee Murphy both had fifteen points apiece. Murphy added a team-high 17 rebounds for her fourth-straight double-double. Alyssa Starr had nine points and Patty Tidwell had eight points for the Warriors.
The Banana Slugs shot 37.5% (27-72) from the field, 22.2% (8-36) from the three-point line and were 63.2% (12-19) from the free throw line. The Warriors shot 26.4% (14-53) from the field, 12% (3-25) from the three-point line and 68.2% (15-22) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced nineteen Warriors' turnovers, scoring thirty-four points off the turnovers. The Warriors' forced thirteen UC Santa Cruz turnovers, scoring seventeen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Westcliff 55-36 and the Banana Slugs outscored the Warriors off the bench 34-3.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be February 16th as they take on Whittier College in Whittier. Game time is set for 5 pm.