Feb. 24, 2011
BERKELEY - Though it was raining outside of Haas Pavilion, the shots refused to fall inside for the California women's basketball team as the Golden Bears lost, 60-46 to visiting Oregon on Thursday night. Talia Caldwell bolstered Cal's outing with a career night of 20 rebounds to demolish her previous best of 18.
With the loss, the Bears drop to 14-13 overall and 6-10 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Ducks now stand at 13-13 and 4-11 in the Pac-10, snapping a seven-game losing skid.
DeNesha Stallworth paced the Bears in scoring with 12 points. In addition to her presence on the boards, Caldwell also tipped in 10 points for her sixth double-double of the year. Also setting a personal best for rebounds was Mikayla Lyles, who grabbed seven to best her last high of six.
The first half saw paltry shooting on both sides of the court with the Bears shooting 19.1 percent and Oregon clocking in at 34.4. Cal capitalized on second-chance points, with 13 of the Bears' 21 first-half points coming on the second go around.
Cal tied the game thrice during the first 20 minutes but Oregon held the advantage for the majority of the half, leading at most by 12. Oregon's starting guard dropped in 14 points in the first half to help her Ducks take a 32-21 advantage into the locker room.
Things improved slightly for the Bears in the second half as they upped their shooting to 24.2 percent and notched 25 second-half points, but the first-half lead was too much to overcome. Amanda Johnson grabbed herself a double-double with 11 rebounds and 13 points while Ariel Thomas paced both sides with 21 points.
Three-point shooting fueled the Ducks and doomed the Bears. Oregon went 34.3 from three, making 12 of 35 while freshman Lindsey Sherbert made Cal's only three in 26 attempts. Overall, Cal handily outrebounded Oregon, 57-49. Cal thrived off of second-chance points in both the first and second halves, scoring 13 points off the second shots in both halves.
For Cal's first eight points of the Cal, Talia Caldwell and DeNesha Stallworth took turns scoring, each notching two baskets. Thanks to a fast-break lay-up with Stallworth assisting, Lindsey Sherbert brought the Bears within two at 12-10 with 14:40. Grabbing her own board on a missed shot with three Ducks surrounding her, Stallworth tied the game at 12 all with a second-chance basket.
Following Stallworth's lay-up, there was over a two-minute scoring drought until Oregon's Amanda Johnson snapped the scoreless streak and Eliza Pierre followed right up with a fast-break bucket of her own. Ariel Thomas returned the lead to the Ducks at 17-14 with a three.
Oregon called a timeout but it was of no avail for Talia Caldwell score and then Rachelle Federeico grabbed a steal on the ensuing Duck possession. Thomas responded with a three to up the score to 20-16 with 9:19 to play in the first half.
An Oregon advantage of 22-16 held for nearly three minutes before Danielle Love hit a three to break open the second scoreless famine and increase Oregon's lead to 25-16 with 5:26 to play. Rama N'diaye cut Oregon's lead to 28-18 with her first score of the game. The senior sent the Bears into the locker room down by 11 after making a jumper at 1:36.
To begin the second half, the teams traded baskets but the Bears failed to chip away at the Ducks' lead. With a steal and a jumper at 10:39, Layshia Clarendon brought Cal within 14 at 47-33. After Caldwell laid in a basket, Thomas rained in a three to bring Oregon's lead to 50-35 just under the nine-minute mark.
Pierre and Stallworth combined to bring the Bears within 12 with Pierre nailing a free throw and Stallworth hitting a jumper. Amanda Johnson responded with a three-pointer from well beyond the arc to return the lead to 15 at 55-40. It was another free throw by Pierre and jumper by Stallworth for Cal's next three points, bringing the score to 55-43 with 4:59 to play. Sherbert sailed in a three to bring the Bears within single digits at 55-46. Oregon tacked on five final points and held Cal scoreless in the waning moments for the final of 60-46.
Next up, the Bears host Oregon State on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.