California Reigns as Colliers International Classic Champion
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010

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The California Golden Bears won the Colliers International Classic championship with a 82-49 victory over the Portland State Vikings. Layshia Clarendon was named Tournament MVP. DeNesha Stallworth, who scored 25 points against the Vikings, was also named to the All-Tournament team.

Cal opened the game on a 13-2 run with sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth making four quick baskets. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert drained a three from the right corner to give Cal five makes on their first five field goal attempts of the game.

Stallworth had 10 points in the first five minutes of the game helping the Bears to make 10 of their first 13 shots. Portland State was equally hot on their end, making five of their first seven shots, but still found themselves down by double digits, 27-16, with 12:30 left in the first half. After Portland State pulled within eight, 29-21, freshman guard Mikayla Lyles answered with a three, putting Cal back up by double digits, 32-21 with 9:29 left in the half. Cal extended the lead to 18, 41-23, on Stallworth's ninth basket of the half with 4:50 left in the period. Sherbert hit her second three of the period to make it a 20 point lead, 44-24. Cal went into the break with a 54-29 advantage with Stallworth accounting for 22 of those points and Sherbert adding another 14.

Portland State started the second half on a 7-2 run to make it a 20-point game before two steals and two rebounds by sophomore guard Eliza Pierre helped set up two free throws, a three-pointer, and a fast-break layup by Clarendon that halted the run and gave Cal their at-the-time largest lead of the game, 64-36. Cal extended the lead to 3, 77-43, on a layup by sophomore center Talia Caldwell with just under five minutes remaining. Cal's largest lead of the game came with two minutes left when a Sherbert free throw extended the lead to 37. Cal held on for the 82-49 victory to win their home tournament for the first time in three years.

DeNesha Stallworth ended up converting on her first six field goal attempts before missing a shot. She ended the game going 12-for-14, scoring 25 points. Lindsay Sherbert logged the first double double of her Cal career. She had 15 points with 10 rebounds. Layshia Clarendon scored 15 points with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

"I am just really happy with the weekend," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "I thought there were a lot of good things that we have done offensively. I was really happy with our defense and our offense. Playing a short bench and short numbers, for them to come out and play the way they did and not fold to the number of minutes they were playing, I thought it was a really good weekend."

Clarendon was named MVP of the tournament, scoring 35 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals in the two games. Stallworth scored 44 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Also named to the All-Tournament team were Eryn Jones and Kelli Valentine of Portland State, Olivia Grayson of Tulane, and Lyndsey Grove of Fullerton.

"Layshia had a great game and a great tournament," Boyle said. "She really controlled a lot of things for us. I thought she brought an incredible point guard mentality to the weekend and that helped other people get great looks."

The 5-1 Bears, who are a perfect 4-0 at home this season, will venture back on the road seeking their first victory away from Haas this season when they take on No. 8 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 4. The game, which will air live on Fox Sports Net, tips at 11 a.m. Central Time.