November 28, 2006
Slugs Opening Games Prime for Improvment
The Slugs Tip- Off Tournament found the Slugs struggling to bring all their strengths and talents together. Playing without their Head Coach, the team seemed a bit distant from all their preseason achievements. Plagued with a poor shooting night to open up against Whitworth (L, 43-64), the Slugs came together with a much better performance Saturday night against Cal Baptist (L, 70-84). Great play by the noted returning players, Kayleigh Calandri and Rachel Ocampo led the team to a 41% shooting night with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Sophomore newcomer, Melissa Junge was able to establish the post game with a strong performance with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The second week of play reunited the team with their Coach. The Slugs had only two days to recover and found the Dominican Penguins to be too much in the closing minutes. A slow start to the game and free throw whoas caused the final score of 60-67 to be a painful loss.
The end of the week found the team heading into the LA area. The first of many trips into Southern California for in Region Division III opponents, the Slugs team had much to improve on. The intensity of defensive play for the Dave Wells Classic Tournament was impressive. The end of the weekend found a team united.
The Slugs pulled off their first win against Pomana Pitzer, 58-51. Calandri came into form with a 17 point performance. The tone of the game was set by the Senior Captains Rachel Ocampo and Megan Gaynor. Ocampo established tough perimeter defensive pressure and managed the game clock in the closing minutes. Gaynor exploded with 17 points in the paint, establishing herself on the court with her intense defensive play and turned the effort into easy buckets on the other end. With such early challenges in the opening days of the season, the Slugs looked primed and ready to build a reputation as a force in DIII athletics.