SANTA CRUZ (1-16) – The Banana Slugs played their second game in as many days as they took on NAIA member CSU Maritime Academy. The Banana Slugs led by as many as thirty two and won 82-56.
Both teams won their last game. UC Santa Cruz won 66-62 over Simpson University yesterday in Santa Cruz while the Keelhaulers defeated Pacific Union College 74-48 in Vallejo on Saturday.
In the first quarter, the Keelhaulers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at two, at 2-0, after a Nadia Cruz free throw with 9:18 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 3-2, after three free throws by Ashley Holmes with 8:06 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would extend their lead to double digits, at 27-17, on a Trina Torres three pointer with no time left. The Banana Slugs led 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Banana Slugs would continue to expand their lead. The Keelhaulers would come as close as twelve on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 34-22 on a Jordan Mootz free throw with 6:01 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at twenty one, at 48-27, on a Holmes three pointer with three seconds left. The Banana Slugs led 48-27 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Banana Slugs would hold the Keelhaulers at arms' length. The Keelhaulers would come as close as eighteen, at 54-36, on a Nadia Cruz three pointer with 6:25 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at twenty four on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 67-43 on a Tyler Stewart three pointer with eleven seconds left. The Keelhaulers could not convert on their final possession of the quarter and the Banana Slugs led 67-43 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Banana Slugs would sustain their lead. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at thirty two, at 80-48, after a pair of Shoshana Merriman free throws with 1:24 left. The Banana Slugs won 82-56 to expand their winning streak to two.
Stewart had a game high sixteen points to lead the Banana Slugs. Mootz had thirteen points for the Keelhaulers. Holmes and Torres, off the bench, both had fifteen points in the win. Jenifer Keys had twelve points and Luisa Reyes had eight points for the Keelhaulers.
The Banana Slugs shot 39% (23-59) from the field, 38.5% (10-26) from the three-point line and was 72.2% (26-36) from the free throw line. The Keelhaulers shot 26.3% (20-76) from the field, 15.8% (3-19) from the three-point line and 59.1% (13-22) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced eight Keelhauler turnovers scoring seven points off the turnovers while the Keelhaulers' defense forced seventeen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring fifteen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded CSU Maritime 62-39 and had twenty four more points off the bench (43-19).
The Banana Slugs will have a week to get ready for their next contest. The next game for the Banana Slugs will be next Saturday against NAIA opponent UC Merced at West Field House. Game time is set for 7 pm.