Feb. 3, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - California women's basketball head coach Joanne Boyle earned her 200th-career win courtesy of a 73-63 victory by the Golden Bears over Arizona on Thursday evening at the McKale Center. Cal quieted the Wildcats from the first minute to the final seconds, leading for the entire game.
Boyle now holds a career record of 200-84 with 133 of those wins coming since she took the helm of the Cal program.
Sophomore forward/center DeNesha Stallworth paced the Bears with 16 points and 10 boards for her eighth double double this season. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon was next with 15 points, dishing out four assists.
Coming into the game, the teams had identical overall records, but the Golden Bears improve to 14-7 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Wildcats fall to 13-8 and 4-6 in the Pac-10.
The Bears started the game strongly, silencing the Arizona offense for nearly five minutes, earning an early 9-0 lead and then holding the advantage for the first 20 minutes. Cal led by as much as 13 with Arizona failing to edge closer than six to the Bears.
In the first half, only three Wildcats got on the board - Davellyn Whyte with 11, Ify Ibekwe with 15 and Erica Barnes scoring eight - while all seven Bears who saw time on the hardwood put points up on the board. For Cal, Afure Jemerigbe served as points leader, scoring nine off the bench. Layshia Clarendon and Lindsey Sherbert each grabbed five boards in the first 20 minutes with Sherbert thrice filching the ball - a first-half high for either side.
Stallworth scored the first two points of the game on a Sherbert steal and Caldwell made a jumper to give Cal an early 4-0 advantage. A layup from Stallworth with Clarendon, who also grabbed the defensive board, assisting, upped that lead to 6-0 with 16:45 to go in the first half. Sherbert seized the ball for her second steal of the first five minutes and made the easy fast-break lay-up for her first points of the game.
Davellyn Whyte earned Arizona's first bucket of the game, nearly five minutes into the first half, but Sherbert responded with a trey to give Cal 12-2 lead with 14:56 to go. Ibekwe hit a lay-up and then Caldwell was alone beneath the basket for a lay-up on the read from Clarendon, making the score 16-4. A foul called on Pierre, her second of the game, gave Ibekwe two free throws, both of which she hit to bring the Wildcats within 10. A second-chance basket by Barnes gave Arizona its first points not from the floor in over five minutes.
Pierre and Jemerigbe each made a basket to give Cal its second and third 12-point lead, respectively. Whyte cut that back to 10 following Jemerigbe's jumper, but the freshman out of Modesto, Calif., returned that dozen-point lead to Cal at 26-14 with 6:18 remaining in the half. The teams went into the last media timeout with the Bears up by nine, 29-20, after Barnes and Ibekwe made baskets along with Jemergibe and one successful free throw from Stallworth.
Whyte went one-of-one from the line to bring the Wildcats the closest they had been in the game at eight , 29-21 with 3:55 to play. That did not last long with Jemergibe nailing a three and Caldwell making a layup to up their team's lead to 13. With less than a minute draining on the game clock, Cal put up four points and Arizona had five to send the teams into the half with the Bears leading 41-34.
Stallworth scored the first five points of the second half with two free throws and one trey, upping Cal's margin to 46-34. On the other side of the court, Arizona started the second half slightly faster than the first, with Whyte scoring 1:26 into the half.
Thomas came alive in the second half - scoring two of Arizona's five first baskets - after playing 11 minutes in the first half.
Sherbet made her second fast-break lay-up of the game to bring Cal's lead to 61-47 with 8:38 to play in the game. Arizona's Shanita Arnold made her first basket of the game at 8:17 to draw the Wildcats within 10 at 61-51.
Cal kept Arizona at arm's length for the remainder of the second half. Stallworth made a jumper at 3:02 to bring Cal's lead to 72-55 before Whyte responded with a bucket of her own to draw her Cats to 72-57.
Back-to-back Wildcat lay-ups - one from Ibekwe and another from Arnold - closed the scoring for either team in the game with the Bears earning that pivotal 73-63 conference victory.