Dec. 3, 2011
Freshman forward Reshanda Gray earned her first career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to send the California Golden Bears to Sunday's championship game of the Cal Classic, presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, with an 86-56 victory over CSU Bakersfield.
Sophomore guard Afure Jemerigbe scored the first five points of the game, draining a three just over 30 seconds into the contest, followed by a jumper right in front of the basket a minute later to give Cal a quick 5-0 lead. It was another three minutes before either team scored again, with CSU Bakersfield hitting the first of eight first-half three pointers to pull within two, 5-3, with 15:33 remaining. It would be the closest the Roadrunners would come in the game. Cal went on a 6-0 run, including a pair of layups by freshman forward Reshanda Gray, to take control of the game with an 11-3 lead.
The Roadrunners outside shooting kept them in the game with the squad going 8-for-19 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes, but they went into the locker room trailing 44-30.
The Bears pushed the lead to 19, 56-37, with 13:30 remaining after back-to-back blocks by junior guard Eliza Pierre and Hartman were converted to points on the opposite end with a jumper by Clarendon and a layup by sophomore guard Lindsay Sherbert.
A pair of three pointers from sophomore guard Mikayla Lyles gave Cal a 22-point advantage, 64-42, with just under 11 to play.
The Bears slowed the pace of play for the second part of the half, keeping control of the game and walking away with the 86-56 victory.
"I was very, very happy with our defensive effort today," said head coach Lindsay Gottlieb. "I'm sure that's the lowest Bakersfield score all year, and they are obviously a team that can put a lot of points on the board. I was happy with the separation that we got at the end and how clean we played; in a game that can be a little bit sloppy with the style that Bakersfield likes to play."
Freshman forward Reshanda Gray got her first career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds with nine of those points and seven of those rebounds coming in the second half.
"What I love about [Gray and Hartman] is that they are very unassuming and they come in the game and go to work, and they are on the boards and they finish their plays," said Gottlieb. "It's a rare thing to have bigs who have really good hands and finish well, and these guys have that naturally."
Sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon had a season-high 14 rebounds in just 15 minutes on the court. Brandon also scored six points with an assist.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd had seven assists and six rebounds, the second time this season she had seven assists in a game.
Cal dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Roadrunners 60-24.
The victory puts Cal (5-2) into the championship game of the Cal Classic, presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina tournament, taking on UNLV (7-1) on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. CSU Bakersfield will take on Prairie View A&M in the consolation game at noon. UNLV defeated Prairie View A&M 73-60 in Saturday's other game.
"I am looking forward to the chance to win a tournament championship on our own court," Gottlieb said. "We talked about our goals from the beginning of the year and with every tournament that you play in you want to win a championship. We had to take care of business today to be able to get to that game, and we did."