Nov. 14, 2010
The California women's basketball team began the season 2-0 after finishing off a weekend homestand sweep with a 89-63 victory over the Saint Mary's Gaels. DeNesha Stallworth dominated with her second double-double of the weekend.
The Bears opened the game on an 8-3 run, staking Cal to an early advantage. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth dominated the game early, scoring 10 of Cal's first 19 points. Cal extended the lead to double digits, 30-20, with an o-board and put back by senior center Rama N'diaye followed almost immediately by a three pointer from sophomore guard Eliza Pierre. Two quick transition baskets by Saint Mary's started a rally that was immediately halted by a three drained by freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert, putting Cal up 33-24 with 6:18 left in the half. The Bears started to pull away in the final six minutes of the first half, outscoring the Gaels 18-8 during that span. The Bears were 7-for-8 from the free throw stripe in that same period, their only miss turning into an offensive rebound and jumper by Stallworth to give Cal a 51-32 lead headed into the break.
The Gaels did not find the answer in the locker room at the break. They scored their first points of the second half five minutes into the period, breaking a 9-0 Cal run. The Golden Bears extended the lead to 40, 80-40, on a three-pointer by Sherbert with 7:52 remaining in the game. a three by freshman guard Mikayla Lyles a minute and a half later gave Cal it's largest lead, 87-45.
Saint Mary's didn't slink off the court, instead finding an offensive rhythm late. The Gaels outscored the Bears 18-2 in the final five minutes of the contest to finish 89-63.
"This was just a really good game for us,"said head coach Joanne Boyle. "A good weekend. I thought we shot the ball really well. Got a lot of people some minutes tonight. Rebounded the ball. Overall, it was just a really good game for us."
DeNesha Stallworth had her second double-double in as many games, scoring a game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds. She had 12 points with 10 boards in the season-opener against Rutgers.
Lindsay Sherbert had a breakout game, scoring 20 points while hitting four of her five three-point attempts.
"I think she has found her way a little bit," said Boyle about Sherbert's performance. "She really wants to learn the game. Spends time doing the extra stuff. Complements us really well. Anytime you can extend the defense the way she is doing for us now makes life so much easier. Works hard. Throws her body out."
Overall, Cal knocked down 11 threes, making 50 percent of their long range shots. The Bears also had their stroke at the free throw line, missing just three times in 21 attempts.
The Bears will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to New Mexico to take on the Lobos on Saturday, Nov. 20. The game will be at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. Live play-by-play will be available for this and all Cal women's games on Green 960 AM (KKGN). The Bears eight game win streak, dating back to the end of last season, will be on the line in Albuquerque.