March 21, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. -
The California Golden Bears season came to an end in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament where they were defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes, 81-65, in Boulder.
The Buffs began the game with red-hot shooting from the perimeter, making four three-pointers in the first ten minutes to take a 30-12 lead. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon knocked an early 13 point lead back down to ten with a three pointer to make it 20-10. Clarendon stopped another Buffalo run with a pull-up jumper to make it a 28-12 game. Each time Clarendon stopped a run, Colorado immediately answered on the other end.
The Bears had no answer for Colorado's Brittany Spears who dominated the first half, making seven of her first ten shots and scoring 17 points in the first 15 minutes of the game. Brittany Wilson also put up double digits in the first half, going 3-for-3 from three-point range, scoring 12 points. The two players helped their team score 50 first half points, going into the break with a 50-23 advantage.
The Bears opened the second half with back-to-back bucket from Clarendon. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert added a three-pointer to a Cal 10-3 run to start the half, narrowing the gap to 20, 53-33. The Bears cut the deficit to 15, 59-44, after sophomore guard Eliza Pierre grabbed an offensive rebound after a missed three and hit a jumper from three feet in front of the basket to make it a 59-44 game with just over 10 minutes to play. Cal couldn't cut into the lead further with Colorado racing down the court and immediately hitting a three. After Cal narrowed the game back to 16, Colorado had a three-point play (basket with a foul), followed by a three-pointer to push the lead back to 22, 68-46, with 8:45 to play.
Cal used a pair of steals from Pierre to create scoring opportunities, getting back within 14, 67-53, only to have Colorado's Spears again hit a three-pointer.
The Bears would not threaten again, though a three-pointer by Stallworth with less than a minute to play did cut the lead to 14, 79-65. Colorado will advance to face Wyoming in the third round of the WNIT.
Cal is now 12-8 in WNIT games (7-1 since 1998). Joanne Boyle is 12-3 in her career in the tournament including her two trips with the Richmond Spiders.
The Bears finish their season with a 18-16 record.