Late comeback bid falls short at UC Santa Cruz

Late comeback bid falls short at UC Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, California – The Puget Sound women's basketball team erased a six-point deficit with less than 40 seconds left in regulation, but UC Santa Cruz survived the Loggers' late comeback as the Banana Slugs came away with a 68-67 victory Friday evening.

UCSC (4-5) hit a free-throw to take a 65-59 lead with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but that's when the Loggers' (3-2) furious comeback bid began. Georgia Lavinder drilled a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left, and the Loggers immediately sent the Banana Slugs to the line.

UCSC left the door open by missing both free-throws, and Puget Sound took advantage with a Rebekah Dasalla 3-pointer and 19 seconds left to play. Once again, UCSC was sent to the line where it missed two more free-throws. Cassidy Daugherty followed by hitting a go-ahead layup, 67-66, with 12 seconds to play.

Puget Sound's ensuing defense was a little too aggressive, and the Banana Slugs once again returned to the foul line. This time, however, they connected on both.

Puget Sound got two more shots off in the final seconds of regulation, but neither attempt fell through.

The Loggers were in a 31-22 hole at halftime, but they fought back to take a 47-43 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Banana Slugs outscored Puget Sound in the final period, 25-18.

Although she shot 3-for-14 from the floor, Jamie Lange posted her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gia Sorn scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. Dasalla and Daugherty both finished with nine points.

The Loggers remain in Santa Cruz to take on Howard Payne Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.