SANTA CRUZ (11-19) - UC Santa Cruz played their first game at Kaiser Permanente Arena of the season as they took on Pacific University. The Banana Slugs never trailed and won 66-49 over the Boxers.
Both teams lost their last game. The Banana Slugs lost 63-46 to California Lutheran University at West Field House on Friday while the Boxers lost 52-50 to California Lutheran in Santa Cruz yesterday.
In the first quarter, the Banana Slugs would start the game on a 10-3 run capped by a Suhansi Perera three pointer with 5:30 left in the quarter. The Boxers would come as close as five on three occasions; the third occasion at 15-10 on a Megan Wesel jumper with thirty-one seconds left. The Banana Slugs led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Banana Slugs would expand their lead. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the quarter at twelve, at 25-13, on a Katie Young three pointer with 6:04 left in the half. The Boxers would come as close as six at 26-20 on a Jenee Brown free throw with 2:38 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 33-25 at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Boxers would come as close as six, at 33-27, after a pair of Liana Tanaka free throws with 7:39 left in the quarter. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 12-3 run, capped by two Kim Tom free throws, to give the Banana Slugs a 45-30 lead with 3:11 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would lead 50-36 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Banana Slugs would hold the Boxers at arms' length. The Boxers would come as close as twelve on five occasions; the fifth occasion at 60-48 after a pair of Jenee Brown free throws with 4:50 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at seventeen, at 66-49, on a Young layup with twenty seconds left. The win evens the Banana Slugs record on the season at 1-1
Young had a career high twenty-eight points to lead the Banana Slugs. Brown had fifteen points for the Boxers. Stephenson had twelve and Tom had nine in the win. Tanaka had eleven and Wesel had nine points for the Boxers.
UC Santa Cruz head women's basketball coach Todd Kent said about Young's performance, "She bounced back in a big way from an off night on Friday. She is a competitor and we had a feeling she was going to have a good game."
The Banana Slugs shot 45.1% (23-51) from the field, 47.4% (9-19) from the three-point line and were 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. The Boxers shot 21.4% (12-56) from the field, 10% (1-10) from the three-point line and 66.7% (24-36) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced fourteen Boxer turnovers scoring ten points off the turnovers while the Boxers' defense forced fourteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring eight points off the turnovers. Pacific outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 43-35 and the Banana Slugs had six more points in the paint (20-14) than did the Boxers.
The Banana Slugs will have their next game on Saturday as they take on Willamette University at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 1 pm.