Youth leads Banana Slugs in 93-35 win over St. Katherine

Youth leads Banana Slugs in 93-35 win over St. Katherine

SAN MARCOS, CA- UC Santa Cruz grabbed 27 steals and had four players in double-figures in rolling to a 93-35 victory over a shorthanded University of St. Katherine team.

Showing no effects from their 18-day layoff, the Banana Slugs (8-8) shot 40% from the field (36-90) and never trailed in scoring their season-high point total while collecting the most steals by a UCSC team in over 20 years.

The 27 steals were the third-most in school history and UCSC's 64 rebounds tied a school record.

The Banana Slugs started the game slowly but ran out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. The floodgates opened in the second quarter, where UCSC outscored the hosts 25-4 and forced eight steals to be up 47-15 at the break. 

Kaylee Murphy led UCSC with 20 points and nine rebounds. She also led the team with season-highs of five assists and six steals.

Fellow freshman Savannah Henson scored 15. San Diego native Ashley Kowack added 13 and Katilin Stephenson scored 10.

Keondra Smith scored 17 to lead the Firebirds (1-20), who only had two players on the bench in relief.

The Banana Slugs return home to face Bethesda University on Sunday afternoon.