ST. LOUIS, MO -- The Slugs received some much needed inspiration as a mystery fan sent a message. The Slugs woke up to a massive Go Slugs message carved out in the deep snow behind the hotel. The Slugs took the message to heart. Led by 19 points and 13 rebounds from Leah Parrish cruised past the Vikings.
A 9-3 Viking lead did not last long. A lovely pass from Sarah Mackey to Ashley Holmes got the Slugs started. Mackey followed with a three. Lashay Alexander, playing her first games of the season due to an injury, converted a sweet post move and cut the led to 13-10. Three point shots by Parrish and Ryane Ortiz gave the Slugs their first lead 16-15 at the 9 minute mark. The Slugs would never trail again.
The Vikings kept the game close but Free throws by Parrish and layups by Geena Giovannetti and Sarah Crane kept the Vikings at bay. The Slugs led 26-22 with three minutes remaining. During the last 3 minutes the Slugs ramped up the defense. Erin Joo forced back to back turnovers and led the way to a 34-27 at the half time lead.
The Tigers rallied in the second half and twice cut the lead to four points but the Slugs found something that had been missing the night before. Ortiz on her way to 16 points poured in four long threes. This opened up the inside game for Mackey and Parrish. The duo dropped 15 second half points on the Tigers. This combined with the hot shooting of Ortiz and stellar defense propelled the Slugs to a 62-45 lead at the 7 minute mark. Free throws by Crane and Giovannetti put the final touches on a 73-59 win.
The Slugs get a well deserved rest but return to action at home on December 16th against Willamette College.