December 12, 2005

Banana Slugs Split Again

December 12, 2005
Banana Slugs Split Again

 

A week off proved to be just what the Slugs needed as they battled down South to split their weekend, 1-1, against California Lutheran (L, 64-72) and Whittier College (W, 53-50).

 

Junior Megan Gaynor stepped up to have a great all-around weekend in southern California, she averaged a double-double (12 points/14 rebounds), shooting 50% from the field, with 4 total assists and 5 steals on defense. Against Cal Lu, Megan tied the UCSC single game record for most rebounds as she pulled down a career-high 17.

 

Kayleigh Calandri put in another strong weekend for the Slugs, averaging 14.5 points and 4 rebounds while saving the Slugs from the free throw line (shooting 10-10).

 

And, Jenna Chabot continued to pour them in, averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds, Chabot knocked down 4 more 3-pointers (4 for 9) and shot 56% from the field.

 

The Slugs came out strong against Cal Lu on Saturday night, with the Regals on their heels the Slugs led by as many as 10 points in the first half. But a 13-0 Regal run late in the first half gave Cal Lu a 6-point lead going into the locker room. The Slugs played a strong second half, shooting 52% from the field and 43% from the 3-point line, but they were unable to contain Cal Lu's Lauren Stroot, who went off in the second half for 22 of her 34 points. Behind Stroot's shooting, Cal Lu was able outscore UCSC 41-39 in the second half en route to a 72-64 victory.

 

On Sunday afternoon, UCSC traveled to Whittier to battle the Poets of Whittier College. Coming off a strong game against Cal Lu, the Slugs kept the momentum going as they held a 14-point lead over the Poets going into the second half. But Whittier would chip away at the Slug lead in the second half by shooting 61% from the field, and with 5 minutes left in the game the Slugs found themselves down by 6. After Megan Gaynor hit 2 free throws and got a steal on defense, Kayleigh Calandri found Senior Lauren Cardinalli open to knock down a 3 pointer and put the Slugs within 1. The Slug defense would step up to hold the Poets scoreless, and with just 1:11 remaining Megan Gaynor connected on 2 more free throws to give the Slugs the final lead of the game. Jenna Chabot would add another 2 down the stretch to seal the victory, 53-50.

 

UCSC is now 2-7, 2-3 against DIII opponents.