Jan. 2, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -The California Golden Bears (6-6, 0-1) dropped the opening round of the 2010 Battle of the Bay, falling to the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 1-0 Pac-10), 79-58, at Stanford Saturday afternoon. This was only the second time these Bay Area rivals opened the Pac-10 season against each other.
Stanford controlled the inside against the Bears and pulled away in the second half for the easy victory.
Stanford received a scare early in the second half when starting guard Jeanette Pohlen limped off the court and into the locker room. She returned a few minutes later after getting her right ankle taped.
After making their first two shots of the game, the Cardinal missed 14 straight as they could not convert numerous chances in close after offensive rebounds. Even the normally reliable Appel missed a wide-open layup in transition for Stanford.
But despite the cold shooting, Stanford led almost the entire half. The Cardinal went on a 14-2 run to build an early 10-point lead. Then with Ogwumike getting open for some easy shots late in the half and converting them, Stanford managed to build the lead to 15 points late in the half.
But Lauren Greif and Alexis-Gray Lawson hit 3-pointers in the closing minute to help Cal close the gap to 35-24 at halftime. Gray-Lawson's 3 just before the buzzer provided her only points of the half and made her the ninth Cal player to reach 1,500 points in a career.
"Stanford is a great team" said head coach Joanne Boyle. "It's a tough game to start the Pac-10 with, but it showed us a lot of things we need to work on and get better at as we move on in the season. I told the kids- one game does not make our season. It is what we do and what we take away from this game and improve on that is important."
The Bears will continue to be tested next weekend, continuing their over month-long road trip by playing a pair of games in Los Angeles. Cal will take on UCLA on Friday, Jan. 8 and close out with a Sunday afternoon matinee at USC. Live audio for both games will be carried live on CalBears.com.