SANTA CRUZ (12-4) – The Banana Slugs started the UCSC December Classic as they hosted Colorado College at West Field House. The Banana Slugs led from the first basket as they won 74-42 over the Tigers.
In their last contest, UC Santa Cruz lost 78-60 to George Fox University on Saturday in Santa Cruz and Colorado lost 123-70 to North Central College in Colorado Springs on Friday.
In the first quarter, the Banana Slugs would start the game with a 6-0 run. The Tigers would come as close as two, at 6-4, on a Danielle Davis layup with 4:52 left. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to seven, at 11-4, on a Michelle Poole free throw with twenty-three seconds left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits, at 15-4, on a Tyler Stewart layup with 9:33 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at 23, at 32-9, on a Katherine Mauldin layup with 2:53 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 34-15 at the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Banana Slugs would continue to expand their lead. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at twenty-nine on two different occasions; the second occasion coming at 48-19 on a Jasmin Dimson jumper with 6:22 left in the quarter. The Tigers would come as close as twenty-one, at 48-27, on a Korbyn Ukasick layup with 3:05 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would lead 52-27 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Banana Slugs would continue to expand their advantage. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead at thirty-four on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 69-35, on a Jenna Sparks layup with 4:16 remaining. The Banana Slugs won 74-42. The win snapped the Banana Slugs' two-game losing streak.
Trina Torres had a game high eleven points to lead the Banana Slugs. Danielle Davis had seven points for the Tigers. Dimson and Ashley Holmes both had ten points in the win. Kali Place and Katie Waters had six apiece for the Tigers.
The Banana Slugs shot 43.5% (27-62) from the field, 20% (4-20) from the three point line and was 69.6% (16-23) from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 18.2% (12-66) from the field, 0% (0-9) from the three point line and 90% (18-20) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced twenty Tiger turnovers scoring eighteen points off the turnovers while the Tigers' defense forced seventeen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring ten points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Colorado 52-41 and the Banana Slugs had thirteen more assists (19-6) than did the Tigers.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Sunday as they take on Whittier College at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tip off is set for 5 pm.