Banana Slugs Use Strong Second Half To Pull Away From Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - The UC Santa Cruz Women's Basketball team outscored Pomona-Pitzer 37-23 in the second half to pull away for a 60-45 win on Monday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

The Banana Slugs improve to 6-7 on the year, as they were led by the inside combination of Sarah Mackey (12 points, 18 rebounds in 22 minutes) and Leah Parrish (10 points, 10 rebounds in 16 minutes). Pomona-Pitzer falls to 2-9 on the year with the loss, as they were led by junior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif. - pictured) with 14 points.

The first half was evenly played as UC Santa Cruz held a narrow 23-22 lead at the break,  with neither team leading by more than five points. After the teams traded baskets to start the half, the Banana Slugs went on a 12-1 run to turn a 26-25 deficit into a 37-27 lead with 13:31 left, keyed by two three-pointers from Danielle Mofsowitz.

A three-pointer from sophomore guard Emi Hashizume (San Mateo, Calif.) got the Sagehens within 39-31, but Mosfowitz answered with another three-pointer to start a 9-0 run to put the game away.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, as UC Santa Cruz was 9-29 for 31.0 percent, while Pomona-Pitzer was 7-23 for 30.4 percent. The Sagehens shot the exact same 7-23 for 30.4 percent in the second half, but the Banana Slugs improved to an even 50 percent (16-32) to take control.

UC Santa Cruz held a 49-26 edge on the boards, keyed by Mackey, who also had six blocks on the day. Hashizume and senior forward Asha Gipson (San Diego, Calif.) each had 10 points for the Sagehens, while freshman guard Caroline Zaia (Napa, Calif.) had a strong all-around game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it opens SCIAC play with a road game against Redlands on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.