Jan. 8, 2011
The California Golden Bears closed out their Pac-10 opening homestand with a decisive 80-60 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert scored 20 points. Sophomore forward Talia Caldwell had her third double double of the season.
The Bears, in a move replicating their start against Arizona State two days earlier, jumped out to an early lead. Two three point baskets by freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert in the first minute and a half of play helped Cal jump out to an 8-0 lead. The Wildcats answered with an eight-point run of their own, tying the game 8-8 at the 16:27 mark. Back-to-back jumpers by sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon snapped the scoring streak and started a 15-3 Cal run, with the Bears pushing the lead out to 23-11 with 10:30 left in the half.
The Bears pushed their lead out to 16, 33-17, on a free throw shot by sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth with just over five minutes to play. The Wildcats came charging back, narrowing the lead to single digits until an offensive rebound and putback by Stallworth put Cal back up by double digits, 35-2, with 3:17 left in the half. Cal held onto the double digit advantage, 42-26, going into halftime.
In the second half, the Wildcats had trimmed the Bears lead to seven, 50-43, when Sherbert hit her fourth three of the game, pushing the advantage back to 53-43 with 13:51 to play. Cal added six points from their centers - a pair of baskets by senior Rama N'diaye and a pair of free throws from sophomore Talia Caldwell - to extend the run out to 9-0 and a 59-43 lead with 12:05 to go.
Three-pointers from Clarendon and Sherbert helped extend the lead to 22, 74-52 with just under six minutes to go. Arizona never threatened again as California held on for their second Pac-10 victory of the season.
"I am really pleased with the weekend and finishing up this way," head coach Joanne Boyle said. "We were playing two really good teams. For us, we were finding our identity and our personality. As a coach, I am just pleased to see the energy, the effort, the chemistry and the continuity with the team. They figured it out in a very short period of time. It has been really fun to watch."
Lindsay Sherbert scored 20 points, matching her career high. Sherbert went 6-for-8 from three point range.
"I was feeling it out there," Sherbert said. "I just started a new routine where I shoot before. Maybe that has helped me. I didn't hesitate. Well, I did a couple of times and then I messed up, so I didn't hesitate. It was fun."
Layshia Clarendon was a perfect 2-for-2 from three point rage, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Talia Caldwell had her third double double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Caldwell, who was a dominant force in the paint throughout the game, nearly had accomplished the feat by the midway point in the game, going into halftime with 7 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time a Cal player had 18 rebounds since Gennifer Brandon pulled in 21 against UC Davis in the first round of last season's WNIT.
Rama N'diaye had her strongest game of the season and her first career double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. N'diaye also had three assists.
With the victory, the Bears improve to 10-4 and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. Arizona falls to 11-, 2-2 in the Pac-10.
The Bears go back on the road next week, heading to the state of Washington where they will take on Washington State on Friday Jan. 14 with a special start time of 5:30. The Bears close out the road trip with a game against the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:00 p.m.