Bears Edged by Huskies, 57-48
Jan. 16, 2011
SEATTLE - The California women's basketball team could not hang on to its first-half lead, dropping the final decision, 57-48, to Washington on Sunday afternoon. Cal led for almost all of the first half and took a 30-27 advantage at the end of the first 20 minutes. That lead dissipated in the second half, with the Huskies taking control and leading by as much as 11. The Bears whittled their deficit to six, but could not get any further.
Sunday's game at the Hec Edmonson Pavilion on the UW campus concluded Cal's two-game swing of the Pacific Northwest. With the loss, the Bears now stand at 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10 conference with the Huskies earning their seventh overall and second conference game, bringing them to 6-8 and 1-4 in the Pac-10.
Washington struck first with a basket from Sarah Morton before the Bears scored nine unanswered points to take a 9-2 lead with 15:55 to go. Pierre put up Cal's first three points with a trey as the shot clocked drained. It was nearly three minutes before the Huskies scored again when Rogers had a second-chance layup after a missed Morton shot.
From one step behind the free-throw line, Rama N'diaye made it 13-8 with 10:59 to play in the half. On the other side of the court, she followed it up with a defensive rebound to return possession to the Bears.
Back-to-back sets of successful free throws - two from Barlow and two by Wetmore - brought the Huskies within two at 16-14 with 8:37 on the clock. After a brief scoring drought, Kingma nailed a pair of free throws and then rained in a three to give UW its second lead of the game. Mikayla Lyles answered right back with a three pointer of her own to knot the match-up at 19.
The Huskies stayed with those 19 points while the Bears forged ahead, 26-19, thanks to two free throws from Afure Jemerigbe, a layup from DeNesha Stallworth with Pierre assisting. Lyles connected for her third three-pointer of the game to give Cal that seven point lead and force UW head coach Tia Jackson call a timeout.
Huskies clawed back to within one but it was the Pierre to Stallworth combination to turn that one-point advantage to three, 28-25. For the final points of the half for their respective sides, Rogers made a lay-up and Talia Caldwell made both sides of a one-and-one to head into the locker room with Cal leading, 30-27.
UW's third lead of the game came three minutes into the second half courtesy Sarah Morton, making it 34-33. The Huskies then extended that lead to eight - their biggest of the game to that point - after Morton sunk a three at 12:05.
Clarendon halted a lack of Cal scoring with a shot, closing UW's lead to 43-37. UW failed score for four minutes when Morton drained a three to put her Huskies ahead by nine.
With the Bears down, 49-39, Pierre stole the ball from Morton's grasp as she tried to take it down the court and made the lay-up with ease to pull within eight. Kingma answered with a three, giving UW its largest lead yet at 52-41 with 4:44 to play in regulation.
Stallworth drove in traffic for a basket and turned it into a three-point play with the free throw. Caldwell nailed a lay-up, edging the Bears closer at 52-46 with 3:17 on the clock. Lyles notched Cal's final two points with a pair of free throws to end the game at 57-48.
Next, the Bears return home to the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion to host USC and UCLA.