December 17, 2013

Santa Cruz Defense Smothers Berry

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- UC Santa Cruz used a high pressure half court trap and a season high 10 blocks to sink the Berry College Vikings 87-63.

The Slugs defense forced 11 first half turnovers and harassed the Vikings into a number of difficult shots.  When the Vikings penetrated the Slug defense, Sarah Mackey was there to swat away the shots. Mackey led the Slugs with 5 blocked shots.  Berry, however, would not quit. The Vikings closed the half with a 16-1 run and trailed only 35-28 at the break.

The Slugs put this game away early in the second half.  Mackey quickly scored 9 points of her game high 16 points.  The Slugs would get points from a number of players. Lashay Alexander followed with two inside jumpers.  Sarah Fitzgerald buried a long three. Sarah Crane and Taylor Wills made driving layups and the Slugs led 52-36 with 12 minutes to go.   The defense asserted itself once again and held Berry to just 4 points over the next 7 minutes.  While the defense shined, the offense pounded away. Crane converted a sweet left handed layup. Ryane Ortiz nailed a long three point shot. Alexander converted an offensive rebound and the Slugs expanded the lead to 66-39.

Three point shots by Cristina Rimicci and Jasmine Dimson added to the Slug lead.  Tyler Stewart poured in 11 points down the stretch to close out the scoring.  A late run by the Vikings made the final score 87-63.

A win against La Verne University on Wednesday will give the Slugs a three game sweep of the Hampton Inn Classic # 3