Depth Of Banana Slugs Buries Sagehens

Depth Of Banana Slugs Buries Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - The UC Santa Cruz Women's Basketball team had 16 different players score, with nobody tallying more than nine points, as it captured a 72-49 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday evening on the second day of the David Wells Classic.

With the win, the Banana Slugs move to 2-3 on the season, while Pomona-Pitzer falls to 0-5 with the loss.

Junior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif. - pictured) had 11 points and was the only player on either team in double figures. Danielle Mofsowitz led UC Santa Cruz with nine points on three three-pointers in the game's opening minutes.

A three-pointer from freshman guard Ruthie Shapiro (Moraga, Calif.) had the Sagehens within 20-17 with 8:39 left in the first half, but the Banana Slugs broke the game open over the closing minutes of the half, using a 20-4 run to go ahead 40-21 before settling for a 40-23 lead at the break. The second half saw the lead stay between 17-25 points the whole way before finishing at 72-49.

Senior Asha Gipson (San Diego, Calif.) had a strong effort for the Sagehens off the bench with eight points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while sophomore guard Erin Edmonds (Salem, Ore.) had nine points. Shapiro had seven points on 3-of-6 shooting for Pomona-Pitzer.

The Banana Slugs shows balance in every statistical category, as nobody had more than four rebounds or three assists, in addition to having nobody in double figures in scoring. Their depth pressured the Sagehens into just 30.2 percent shooting and 22 turnovers on the day.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Tuesday, when it hosts La Sierra at 7:30 p.m.