February 10, 2007

Slugs Suffer a Heartbreaking Loss at Menlo

February 10, 2007

Slugs Suffer a Heartbreaking Loss at Menlo

Menlo's Stephanie Kiers last second bucket lifted No. 10 Menlo College to a 48-45 non-conference victory over UC Santa Cruz as the Lady Oaks improve to 21-2 overall. The Slugs fall to 9-15 for the season.

Menlo jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but there were four lead changes in the first half with the Lady Oaks taking a three-point lead into the locker room. The Slugs would not be defeated, as they have won their last five going into half-time down. Both teams came out strong in the second half.

Menlo was down by two, 43-45, with 48 seconds to go when Menlo's Amy Castillo fouled Rachel Ocampo, who missed the front end of a 1 on 1. Menlo's Emily Zygmontowics snared the board, was immediately fouled, and dropped in both free throws to tie the game with 39 seconds remaining. On the defensive end, Kier came up with a steal at 23 seconds and Menlo held for the last shot. Junior Kepua Lee nearly hit a fadaway jumper from the left wing, when Kier boarded the miss and dropped in the putback after getting fouled with 3.7 seconds left. Kier hit the free throw to seal the victory.

Despite shooting a stonger percentage from the field than Menlo, the Slugs found themselves outmatched down low. The Slugs finished the game out rebounded, 45-27. Kayleigh Calandri was the sole player finishing with double figures, finishing the game with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

The Slugs return home on Wednesday, February 14th playing host to CSU East Bay at 5pm where the three seniors, Megan Gaynor, Rachel Ocampo, and Perbey Pandac will play their last home game.