Jan. 6, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker posted 16 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent No. 21 California from falling to No. 12 Stanford, 69-44, Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears dropped to 11-4 (2-3 Pac-10), while the Cardinal improved to 11-3 (5-0 Pac-10).
"The credit goes to Stanford," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "They came out and played unbelievably. This is how they've been playing lately. I thought we had a game plan early and (Kristen) Newlin came out and hit some shots, and we had to adjust it. We have to regroup as a team and figure out where we're going. I don't think we have a purpose right now. That's where we're struggling."
A Cal women's basketball record 5027 fans attended the game, breaking the previous Haas Pavilion record of 4,859, which was set Feb. 11, 2006, in the Cal-Stanford game. Harmon Gym - Cal's home before Haas Pavilion opened in 1999 - owned a women's basketball attendance record of 4,908, established in the Cal-Stanford game Feb. 28, 1997.
Walker, who also notched three assists, three steals and one block in 39 minutes of action, posted her sixth double-double of the season and 14th of her career to lead the Bears. The Modesto product has led her team in scoring 10 times this year and in rebounding nine times. Freshman forward/center Rama N'diaye contributed 11 points off the bench, and freshman guard Lauren Greif added 10 points for the Bears.
Stanford raced to a 14-2 lead with 14:41 left in the first half following three-pointers from Kristen Newlin and Candice Wiggins. The Bears didn't let the Cardinal out of their sights and went on a 6-2 spurt, capped by a rebound and putback by Walker, to close to within 16-10 about six minutes later.
After Cal trailed 19-13, Stanford built its lead back to 11 points on two occasions. Greif nailed her first of two three-pointers of the game to bring the Bears to within eight at 26-18 with under three minutes to go in the half. Cardinal freshman Jayne Appel, who tallied a game-high 19 points off the bench, tallied the final five points of the half to send her team into the locker room up 31-18.
Cal, which has only nine healthy scholarship players, continued its recent second-half struggles. The Cardinal opened the second half with a 10-3 run to claim a 20-point edge at 41-21 with 16 minutes remaining in the game. The Bears couldn't establish any offensive rhythm in the second half and couldn't get any closer than 19 points the rest of the game. The Cardinal mounted a 28-point edge on four occasions.
Behind a season-high six three-pointers, Stanford junior Candice Wiggins registered 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Neither team shot well in the first half, with Cal hitting 22.2 percent of its field goals and Stanford draining 35.3 percent of its opportunities. The difference was that the Cardinal found their stride in the second half with a 51.6 percent effort to finish at 43.1 percent. Cal shot a season-low 25.0 percent from the floor overall.
On a positive note, the Bears committed only 13 turnovers, which was one shy of their season best.
Cal looks to regroup on the road next week in the state of Washington. The Bears face Washington State Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., and Washington Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.