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Result: L 60-65

Women's Basketball at UC-Santa Cruz

Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. CST at Santa Cruz, Calif. - Kaiser Permanente Arena

Banana Slugs race past Knights in fourth quarter

By Annika Martensson ’19
Nia Harris
Nia Harris
Photo: Nathan Klok

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Annabella Jensen (Fy./Salt Lake City, Utah/Hillcrest) posted her second double-double in as many nights, but even her 16-point, 13-rebound performance was not enough as the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped a 65-60 result at UC-Santa Cruz at the UCSC Thanksgiving Classic. Jensen was voted to the six-player All-Tournament team.

It was a tale of quarters tonight as the Knights (3-2) owned the advantage in the first and third stanzas, and the Banana Slugs (3-2) controlled play during the second and fourth periods of play. The hosts outscored Carleton 18-8 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win and snap the Knights’ two-game win streak.

Jensen picked up right where she left off on Saturday, leading all scorers with six points in the first quarter and adding four rebounds to help the Knights in what was a back and forth first quarter of action. Carleton ended the period with a 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard.

The second quarter belonged to the Banana Slugs as they outscored the visitors 29-17 to take a 38-30 lead into intermission. UC-Santa Cruz first-year Ashley Kowack scored 12 of her game-high 27 points in the period.

The Knights refused to give up and came out of intermission on a tear, putting together a 22-9 run to build a 52-47 lead heading into the final ten minutes of play. Samantha Cooke (Jr./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) was a big part of the Knights’ success as she scored 10 of Carleton’s 22 third-quarter points. Guard Nia Harris (So./Burnsville, Minn./The Blake School) led the way on the glass as she pulled down six of her career-high 11 boards during the period.

The Knights controlled the paint all game as they outrebounded the Banana Slugs, 58-44, and outscored the home team, 38-24, in the lane. UC-Santa Cruz overcame those shortcomings, though, and started the fourth quarter on a 13-4 run and grabbed a 60-56 lead with three minutes to go.

It was a one-possession game when Erica Ellefson (Jr./Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson) blocked a Kowack layup attempt with 41 seconds remaining, giving the Knights a chance to tie the game late. Carleton, however, missed all three of its shots in the final minute.

Cooke finished with 14 points, Cece Leone (Sr./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) chipped in 10 points, while Ellefson concluded the evening with seven rebounds, four points, and two assists.  

After spending Thanksgiving weekend on the West Coast, the Knights will return home and host Bethany Lutheran College for a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Live stats and video will be available via Knights Online.