Lady Red Hawks lose a close one to Santa Cruz
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The University of Santa Cruz Lady Banana Slugs (5-17) traveled to Redding for a non-conference match-up against the Red Hawks (5-20, 4-3 Cal-Pac). The Red Hawks couldn’t stop the inside play of Molly Davidson who scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
Early foul trouble plagued the Lady Red Hawks as Dominique Simmons received her third personal with 8:14 to go in the first half. With the reigning Cal-Pac Player of the Week and the team's leading rebounder out for the rest of the half, Simpson’s rebounding woes resulted in UCSC pushing the lead up to 15 points with four minutes left.
The second half saw the Red Hawks slowly work themselves back into the game. Kayla Rackley made two back-to-back three’s to tie the game with 12:34 left in the second half. The Red Hawks, however, could not contend with the interior play of the Slugs. UCSC pushed the lead back up to five with 24 seconds to play when Alyssa Foster fouled Molly Davidson who went 2-2 from the line.
The Red Hawks lost the game in the trenches underneath the basket, getting outrebounded 33-45. Simmons scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Red Hawks. The Red Hawks won the turnover battle by seven but only went 6-20 from beyond the arc.
The loss dropped the Lady Red Hawks to 5-20 on the season. The loss had no influence on their conference standings because UCSC is an NCAA Division III program.
Coach Pringle’s Red Hawks next face William Jessup University in Rocklin on Saturday, February 6. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The game will be video and audio cast via the internet from the Simpson University web site: http://http://simpsonu.edu/livebball.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.