February 6, 2006

Panthers Too Strong for Slugs

February 6, 2006
Panthers Too Strong for Slugs

The UC Santa Cruz Women's Basketball team hosted DIII Chapman University on Saturday for their last home game of the season.  Unlike last year, the Slugs were unable to pull out a victory on Senior Night as Chapman walked away with an easy 76-44 victory over the Slugs.

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead with the help of their full-court press, forcing the Slugs to 21 first half turnovers.  Despite shooting 40% from the field in the first half, UCSC just didn't have a chance to get up enough shots to keep up with Chapman.  It didn't help that Chapman shot a remarkable 69% from the field in the first half.  Chapman's offense and overpowering defense allowed them to take a 29-point lead into the second half.

In the second half the Slugs cleaned up their act and committed just 2 turnovers, but they couldn't get the ball in the basket as they shot 28% from the field, while the Panthers were still on fire hitting 52% of their shots.

In her last game at the West Field House, Senior Jenna Chabot led all scorers with 15 points, going 7-12 from the field while adding 6 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.  Junior Megan Gaynor was the only other Slug to reach double-digits as she posted another great night against Chapman's post players, finishing with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Chapman had four players end the night in double-digits:  Jessica Kunisaki had 11 points and 7 assists; Ashley Shorts had 12 points, 5 assists; Sarah Brands had 12; and Kristen Chidley added 11.

This was the third meeting between these two teams, Chapman swept the season series 3-0, and are now 13-7 overall and the top West Region Independent Team with a 9-6 record against in-region opponents.

The Slugs have another double-header with the Men's Team as they travel up to San Rafael to face Dominican University on Tuesday.  This will be the second meeting between the Slugs and the Penguins.  Dominican narrowly beat UCSC, 60-56, in the Slugs' second game of the season back in November.  Tip-off is set for 5:30pm.