February 20, 2008
Another Weekend of Tough Losses and Record Breaking Perfomances for the Women's Basketball Team
The Slugs traveled to Dallas, TX this past weekend to face two rival Independent Division III Oppoents. The first night, they faced Chapman University for the third time this season. They hoped that the third time would be the charm, but plagued by turnovers again, the dropped another close game to the 22-3 Cougars. Leading the way for the Slugs was Junior forward Melissa Junge who finished with 11 points, shooting an impressive 100% going 5-5 from the field while also grabbing 7 rebounds.
The second game was against tournament host University of Dallas. The first half the Slugs did not come out strong. Turning the ball over 11 times, they found themselves down 8 at the half. But they fought back strong and took the lead most the half. With two minutes left, they had a nice cusion and Dallas had to begin the fouling game. Unfortunately, the Slugs could not convert their free-throws, finishing the game 41% from the free-throw line (12-29). Up three with 11 seconds left, clock running down, Dallas Senior guard Shanie Cardinal hit an off balance three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Overtime proved to be too much for the Slugs as they shot a mere 25% from both the field and the 3-point line.
But despite the close games, it was a great record breaking weekend for Junior guard Kayleigh Calandri. Going into the tournament, Calandri only needed to score 14 points to reach the 1,000 point mark. She finished the weekend with 29, scoring 21 of those points against Dallas. Calandri is the first player in Slug history to reach the 1,000 point mark, male or female. So far this season she not only broke the All-time scoring record, but she broke the record of most three-pointers made in a single game, she has broke the record of most points scored in a season, and the most three-point field goals made in a season. With two games remaining this season, Calandri is also on track to breaking the most field goals made in a season and three-point field goals percentage.
Next, the Slugs travel to Nebraska for their Independent tournament on Friday, February 29th and Saturday, March 1st.