February 5, 2008
Two More Close Games for Women's Basketball Along with a Record Breaking Performance
The UCSC Women's Basketball team dropped two more close game this weekend. The Slugs traveled down to Chapman University for an Independent Tournament where they first faced La Sierra University. They found themselves in a tough battle that went into overtime where they eventually fell 54-60. Leading the way for the Slugs for the 13th time this season was Junior guard Kayleigh Calandri with 20 points, the only player to finish in double figures. But also adding the number 20 to the box score was Senior center Sarah Adamson who pulled down 20 rebounds. This total has set a new single game record. The record was previously held by three players who recorder 17 rebounds in a single game, Megan Gaynor ('06), Amanda Brecht ('03), and Marcy Harrell ('85).
The following day the Slugs faced Chapman Univesity, who has only lost 3 games on the season and who defeated the Slugs earlier in the season by 17. This game was another story as the Slugs played one of their best defensive games of the season. Chapman on the season averages almost 70 points per game, but the Slugs forced Chapman to play a different game this time around. At halftime, they found themselves with a 9 point lead, hodling Chapman to only 13 points. But Champan came back fighting and the second half was a back and forth battle. With under two minutes left, the Slugs were down two 39-41 with point guard Talia Joyce at the line. But she wasn't able to convert, missing the front end of a 1-on-1 and Chapman scored off the next pocession. The Slugs weren't able to score again and had to begin the fouling game and eventually fell to the Cougars, 48-39. Leading the way was Junior forward Melissa Junge with 11, the only Slug in double figures. Next was Joyce with 9, followed by Calandri with 8. This brings Calandri to 322 points on the season, matching her total from last season. She needs 23 more points before she reaches the 1,000 point mark.
Next, the Slugs travel to CSU East Bay this Friday, February 8th at 5:30, followed by the Men's Team at 7:30pm.