March 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
The California Golden Bears advanced to the second round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament with a 58-48 win over the Washington Huskies. Layshia Clarendon had a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bears.
After falling behind 7-2 early, Cal took its first lead of the game, 11-10, at the 12:36 mark after an offensive rebound by senior guard Rachelle Federico set up a layup for sophomore center Talia Caldwell. After seven lead changes and four ties, Cal held a 25-23 lead with just over a minute to play in the first half. The Huskies retied the game, 25-25, at the free throw line with 30 seconds remaining. Cal had the final shot of the half, a jumper by Federico, but it clanked off the rim to send the teams into the locker room knotted at 25.
After five lead changes and a pair of ties to start the half, the Bears were down 37-33 before a pair of jumpers by sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon and senior center Rama N'diaye retied the game at 37 with 12 and a half minutes to play. A steal and a fast break basket from freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe put Cal up 39-37. A lay in by Clarendon extended the lead to four, 41-37, with just over ten minutes left in the game. The Bears couldn't build on the lead, with a three-pointer from Washington's Kristi Kingma narrowing the gap back to one, 41-40, with just over nine minutes to play.
Clarendon finally managed to extend the lead to six, 46-40, after she was fouled while making a layup and converting the subsequent free throw. The Bears took the first double-digit lead of the game, 55-44, with 2:45 to play. Clarendon made one of two free throws, but the Bears came up with the offensive rebound, leading to a Clarendon jumper and the 11-point lead. The Bears held on for the 58-48 victory.
Cal outrebounded the Huskies by ten 47-37, grabbing 23 offensive rebounds.
""We were really excited to get that first win in the Pac-10 Tournament," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "We have talked about it being a new season. We weren't happy with how the season ended, so this is a new chance for us, a new birth, and a new opportunity. I am just really proud of the kids in how they came out and played."
The Huskies had swept the season series over the Bears, winning 57-48 in Seattle and 60-49 in Berkeley.
Clarendon had her second double double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Caldwell also had a double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. It waas the fourth time this season that two Cal players had double doubles in the same game.
Stallworth was also in double figures in scoring, putting up 12. Jemergibe had a solid game, scoring nine points with four rebounds.
The Bears will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second round game on Thursday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. It is the fourth time in five years that these two teams will play on another in the Pac-10 Tournament. Cal is 2-1 against Arizona State in that span.
Live streaming video of the game will be available through the Pac-10's You Tube Channel.