LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Dec. 11th, 2010) – The Tigers picked up their biggest win of this young season as they sprinted past UC Santa Cruz 65-44 this evening in Rush Gymnasium. The Banana Slugs are currently on a three game trip through Los Angeles, but had trouble containing Makenzie Brandon and Michelle Lo, who combined for 34 points and 10 assists in the victory.
Oxy looked to take control of this one early as the defense held the Banana Slugs to just 18 first half points. The Black and Orange did not let up as UC Santa Cruz finished shooting 26.2% from the field overall.
But the defense was not the only story tonight, as the Tigers looked much more comfortable on offense, dishing out 20 assists on 26 made field goals. The extra pass allowed the young squad to control the tempo and shoot a season high 46.4% from the field.
Leading the efficient attack tonight was Brandon who scored her game high 20 points on just 13 field goal attempts. The sophomore also found her teammates, as she passed out a game high six assists, to go along with three rebounds and three steals.
Brandon's favorite target was Lo, who was four of five from behind the arc, accounting for all of Oxy's triples on the night.
Stephanie Babij also got in on the act, shooting 50% from the field, while dishing out four assists.
UC Santa Cruz (3-6) was led by Alison Scarbrough with 11 points.
The Banana Slugs kept things interesting in the second half by dominating the offensive glass, finishing with 21 offensive boards to just nine for the Tigers, who overall were outrebounded 42-39. But a bright spot on the glass was the play of Marquisha Corley who pulled down a team high seven boards.
Helping balance out the rebounding discrepancy was the interior defense of Katelyn Rowe and Kendra Carter, each accounting for three blocked shots, making the visitors think twice before entering the painted area.
Oxy (3-3) will return to the hardwood December 19th as they will travel to Menlo College for two games in the Menlo Winter Classic. On the 19th they will face Puget Sound with tip off scheduled for 2pm.
Article by Mike Talamantes, Sports Information Assistant