MILWAUKEE, WI -- UC Santa Cruz finished their two game trip to Wisconsin as they took on fellow NCAA Division III independent Mount Mary University. Six players scored in double figures and the Banana Slugs won 95-39 over the Blue Angels.
UC Santa Cruz was coming off a 77-40 win over Maranatha Baptist University yesterday in Watertown and Mount Mary lost their last game 81-38 to Silver Lake College of the Holy Family on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
In the first half, the Blue Angels took their largest lead of the game at two on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 6-4 after two Taylor Baumgart free throws. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 8-6 with 15:47 left on a Sara Crane layup. The Banana Slugs would take a double digit lead, at 18-7, on a Lashay Alexander layup with 11:49 left in the half. The largest lead of the half for the Banana Slugs was twenty three, at 38-15, on a Jasmin Dimson layup with 4:12 left in the half. The Blue Angels would then go on an 7-0 run capped by a Jasmine Meyer three point play to make the score 38-22 with 2:39 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would outscore the Blue Angels 9-4 during the remainder of the half as the Banana Slugs led 47-26 at the halftime intermission.
For the third time in as many contests, the Banana Slugs would hold their double digit advantage through the second half. The closest the Blue Angels would come was twenty two, at 50-28, on Meyer layup with 18:16 left. The Banana Slugs' largest lead of the game was fifty six, at 93-37, on an Alexander layup with 1:43 left. Both teams would score a basket before the end of the game as the Banana Slugs won 95-39. The ninety five points was the highest number of points scored since December 2nd, 2003 when the Banana Slugs won 103-93 against California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
Geena Giovannetti had sixteen points for the Banana Slugs. Chrisandra Freeman had a game high eighteen points for the Blue Angels. Sarah Mackey had thirteen points, Leah Parrish had a double double with twelve points and eleven rebounds, and three players (Alexander, Crane, and Erin Joo) scored eleven points apiece in the win. Alexander and Parrish both had double doubles with Alexander having a game high fourteen rebounds and Parrish pulled down eleven rebounds. Meyer had nine points for the Blue Angels.
The Banana Slugs shot 45.9% (39-85) from the field, 25% (7-28) from the three point line and was 62.5% (10-16) from the free throw line. The Blue Angels shot 29.2% (14-48) from the field, 0% (0-11) from the three point line and 78.6% (11-14) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced thirty Blue Angel turnovers scoring thirty four points off the turnovers while the Blue Angels' defense forced nine turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring three points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Maranatha Baptist 52-32 and the Banana Slugs had thirty six more points in the paint (62-26) and forty three more points off the bench (43-0) than did the Blue Angels.
The Banana Slugs will now come home for the final two games of the regular season. The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Saturday as they take on USCAA member Bristol University at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tipoff is set for 3 pm.