January 4, 2006
SPOKANE, WA -- The Slugs finished off 2005 by traveling up to Washington to participate in the Quality Inn - Whit Holiday Classic against co-hosts Whitworth and Whitman, on Friday and Saturday.
In the first game against Whitworth, the Pirates demolished any momentum the Slugs might have gained from their win against Transylvania a week prior. The Pirates held the Slugs to a mere 15 points and 12 rebounds in the first half, and took a seventeen point, 32-15 lead into halftime.
The Slugs tried to fight back in the second half but they couldn't get past Whitworth's hot hands; the Pirates shot 55% from the field, 44% from 3pt, and 72% from the free throw line in the second half to finish off the Slugs 74-49. The Pirates held the Slugs to a 32% shooting night and a dreary 14% from the 3-point line.
Five Whitworth players scored in double figures; Holly Ridings led all scorers with 17, Danielle Wegman and Amy Ridings chipped in 14 apiece, Chelsea Combs added 11, and Emily Hendrickson finished with 10.
For the Slugs, Junior Megan Gaynor led the way with 12 points and 11 rebounds (her fourth double-double of the season), while Jenna Chabot was the only other Slug in double figures, finishing with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The Slugs bounced back strong the next night against Whitman College, despite a 7-0 opening run by the Missionaries, the Slugs were within 2 at halftime, 23-25. But the second half would prove to be a different story; the Slugs went scoreless for 6 minutes of the game as Whitman extended their lead to 12 midway through the half. The Missionaries never looked back, polishing off the Slugs 52-37.
Four Whitman players scored in double-digits; Lizzy Washburn finished with 16, while Kelsey Krumdieck, Laura Vertatschitsch, and Leyla Khastou had 10 points apiece.
As a team, UCSC shot a dismal 29% from the field and only 24% in the second half; the lowest scoring half the Slugs have produced all season (5 field goals, 14 points).
Freshman Kayleigh Calandri ended the night as the only Slug in double figures; she finished with 16 points (6-12). Calandri was named to the All-Classic team for her efforts over the weekend (20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocks).
The Slugs have less than a week to get themselves together before traveling down to Southern California to participate in the Redlands Tournament this Friday and Saturday.