Nov. 23, 2010
The California Golden Bear women's basketball team won their third game of the season when they defeated the Yale Bulldogs, 64-41, in Haas Pavilion Tuesday night. Talia Caldwell set career highs in points (17) and rebounds (16) as one of two Bears to log double doubles in the game.
The Bears had a perfect start to the game, going 6-for-6 in their first six shots of the game. The Bears poured in the points quickly too, jumping out to a 10-0 advantage in the first minute and a half of the game. The Bulldogs, in comparison, made two of their first 16 shots and trailed 17-6 midway through the first half.
The Bulldogs clamped down of defense while scoring in transition to pull within seven, 21-14, with just under five minutes left in the first half. Two buckets by sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon and one from sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth extended the Cal lead back to double digits, 27-14. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell extended the Bear run out to 9-0 after getting fouled on a layup and converting the and-one opportunity. The Bears added two more baskets to end the half on a 13-0 run, taking a 34-16 lead into the halftime break.
Cal scored the first four points of the second half before Yale finally snapped the run hitting a pair of free throws, still trailing 38-18. The Bears extended their lead to 29, 49-20, on a three-pointer from the right corner by senior guard Rachelle Federico. Yale outscored Cal 21-15 down the stretch, but Cal still managed to coast to its fourth victory of the season.
The Bulldogs struggled to find their stroke, shooting around 18 percent from the field for most of the game. They finished the game with a 22.2 percent efficiency.
The Bears dominated the boards, outrebounding Yale by 30, but had problems controlling the ball, turning it over 29 times.
The Bears were also playing shorthanded with just eight players in uniform as senior center Rama N'diaye missed the game due to illness.
Talia Caldwell had the third double double of her career with career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (16). Caldwell was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and scored 7 points from the free throw line.
"I think she gave a lot of effort on the boards," head coach Joanne Boyle said about Caldwell's game. "She really worked. We only had a two post rotation going tonight, so that was tough. She did a really good job on the boards tonight and I am happy for her that she got to score."
Stallworth extended her streak of consecutive games with a double double to four, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, tying her career high for boards in a game. She is the first Bear to log a double double in four straight games since the 2007-08 season when Devanei Hampton had double digit points and rebounds in four straight games (2/9, 2/14, 2/16, and 2/23). Stallworth also had a career-high five blocks in the game.
The Bears improve to 3-1 while the Bulldogs fall to 1-3.
The Bears are back in action this weekend, hosting the Colliers International Classic, a two-day tournament featuring Cal State Fullerton, Tulane, and Portland State. The action begins on Saturday, Nov. 27 when the Bears take on Fullerton at 12 p.m. Tulane against Portland State follows at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger will be free for the games on Saturday and the championship and consolation games on Sunday. Adult general admission can be purchased for $3 when you make a canned food donation at the ticket office.