NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Preview: UC Santa Cruz at University of Puget Sound

NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Preview: UC Santa Cruz at University of Puget Sound

Game Details:
Date: Friday March 3rd  
Tip-off: 7 pm (PST)
Round: First
Venue: Memorial Fieldhouse

City, State: Tacoma, Washington


Radio/TV: You can watch the game via Presto Sports. Click here for University of Puget Sound's videocast. Click here for live stats of the game

This Week: The Banana Slugs drew University of Puget Sound in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championship. The first round begins on Friday and the Banana Slugs-Loggers match-up is on Friday at 7:00 pm (PST).

Scouting the Banana Slugs: UC Santa Cruz were selected to a Pool B bid with a 14-10 overall record. Senior Michelle Poole leads the Banana Slugs in scoring with 11 points per game.

Scouting the Loggers: The Loggers clinched the Northwest Conference regular season championship with a 25.2 overall record and a 16-0 record in conference play. Sophomore Samone Jackson leads the Loggers in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

Last Time Out: This is the first meeting between the two schools since the 2014-15 season. They have three common opponents this year in California Lutheran University, Whitman College and Whitworth University. The Banana Slugs have an 0-3 record against those opponents while the Loggers finished with a 5-1 record against those opponents.

National Appearances: This is UC Santa Cruz's second trip to the National Tournament. They have an 0-1 record in their lone appearance. This is Puget Sound's seventh appearance in the National Tournament.
Getting To Know University of Puget Sound: The school was founded in 1888 by the Methodist Episcopal Church.

About The Coaches:

Todd Kent is in his seventh year of coaching women's basketball at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, Kent was an assistant with Seattle University. He was also the head coach at La Salle High School in Yakima, Washington.

Loree Payne is in her seventh year coaching at University of Puget Sound. Prior to her time with the Loggers, she was an assistant for three seasons with her alma mater University of Washington.
Individual Stats

UC Santa Cruz

 

Univ. of Puget Sound

Michelle Poole -11

Points

Samone Jackson–16.7

Michelle Poole – 8.9

Rebounds

Jamie Lange – 9.3

Katie Young – 3

Assists

Caitlin Malvar – 3.9

Tyler Stewart – 1.5

Steals

Alexis Noren – 2.9

Jenna Sparks - .6

Blocks

Jamie Lange – 1.0

 

Team Stats

UC Santa Cruz

 

Univ. of Puget Sound

64.2

Points

78.9

42

Rebounds

44.7

12.5

Assists

15.8

7.5

Steals

9.7

2

Blocks

2.3