Dec. 20, 2010
LAS VEGAS -
The California Golden Bears fell to the Texas Tech Lady Raiders, 50-43, in the finale of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Senior center Rama N'diaye led the team with 11 points.
In a very low scoring first half, Cal took the first true lead of the game after three early lead changes on a three pointer by sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon, putting Cal up 10-6 with just over 11 minutes left to play in the period. The Bears extended the lead out to 16-8 on a layup by senior center Rama N'diaye with 6:19 left in the half. This was the last basket Cal would make in the period with Texas Tech going on a 13-0 run to take a 21-16 lead into the break.
The Bears finally snapped their scoreless streak with a jumper in the paint from sophomore center Talia Caldwell with 19:06 left in the game. They followed with a layup from Layshia Clarendon to pull within one, 21-20. Cal retook the lead, 24-23, on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert with just over 16 minutes to play. After three lead changes, the Lady Raiders started to take control of the game, going on a 6-0 run to put Cal down 36-28 with 9:30 left in the game. Clarendon stopped the run, going hard through the lane to the basket to make it a 36-30 game.
The Raiders went up by double digits, 43-32, with just under four minutes left in the game. The Bears pulled within six, 47-41 with just under a minute left in the game on a fast break layup after a steal by sophomore guard Eliza Pierre. Cal cut it to five, 48-43, on an N'diaye layup with 37.4 remaining. After Texas Tech missed a pair of free throws, Cal hustled the ball down the court, but an errant pass was intercepted by the Raiders, sending them back to the line. The Raiders held on for the 50-43 victory.
N'diaye led the team in scoring, putting up a season-high 11 points. Layshia Clarendon was the only other player in double figures, scoring 10. Talia Caldwell led the team on the defense, pulling in eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe was named to the five-person All-Tournament team. Jemerigbe scored 17 points in the opener against UT Arlington.
The Bears, who fall to 7-3 on the season, will take a break for the holidays. They will next be in action on Tuesday, Dec. 28 when they face the Illini of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. in their final non-conference game of the season. The Bears will open Pac-10 play on Sunday, Jan. 2 when they host the Stanford Cardinal in Haas Pavilion. The Battle of the Bay will tip at 12:30 p.m.