March 12, 2007

UCSC Women's Basketball 2006-07 Season Wrap-up

March 12, 2007

UCSC Women's Basketball 2006-07 Season Wrap-up

The Slugs finished this season with a 10-15 regular season record (10-17 overall), reaching the double digit win mark for the first time in four seasons. The team hit a rough patch in December where they played seven games in row on the road, dropping all seven. But the team rallied together after the New Year, finishing the last half of season 7-4, including a buzzer beater loss to #10 ranked Menlo College on February 10th.

Although the Slugs where hoping to finish the season stronger with more wins, they still were able to accomplish a lot this season. As a team, they held their opponents to 58.5 points per game, where 2-1 versus other Independents, 5-1 versus the local CalPac Conference teams, and 1-2 versus Division II opponents.

There were also many accomplishments individually. Sophmore guard Kayleigh Calandri received Third Team All-Independent, lead the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, and is third in the record book for most points scored in a season (322), eleven points shy of her mark last season (333), putting her second all time, just eleven points shy of Jenna Chabot who holds the record at 344. Calandri also moved herself to third all-time in the record book for her free-throw percentage this season at .720. Calandri also became 9th on the All-Time Scoring Leader list at UCSC in just her second season of play with 655 points in her career. This season, Calandri also missed four games due to injury and finished the season at about 75%. With some extensive rehab this summer, Calandri should be an exciting player to watch next season.

Senior forward Megan Gaynor also had a great season this year. She lead the team in rebounding with 7.0 rebounds per game and was second in scoring with 10.6 points per game. Gaynor also finished the season with 6 double-doubles, four games where she missed a double-double by either one rebound or one field goal, and two games where she missed it by just 2 rebounds. She was also awarded Independent Player of the Week twice this season.

Three other players also put themselves in the record book this season. Junior point guard Talia Joyce became second all-time in free-throw percentage, finishing the season shooting .743 from the charity line. Sophmore forward Melissa Junge became second all-time in field goal percentage, finishing the season at .514 from the field. Both players were in their first season with the team. Also, senior guard/forward Perbey Pandac finished the season shooting .719 from the free-throw line, placing her third all time in the record book.

Next season the Slugs are returning eight key players who are determined to improve on all of their great accomplishments this season. With a great core group of players and strong leadership returning and key recruits, the Slugs looked forward to finishing the 2007-08 season on top.