Feb. 12, 2011
The California Golden Bears fell to the visiting Washington State Cougars, 68-66, Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 20 points to lead the Bears.
Stallworth started the scoring for the Bears by hitting a three-pointer from the corner, only her fourth of the season. Washington State went on a six point run, going up 6-3 until sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon and Stallworth made jumpers to put Cal ahead 8-6. The Bears answered a seven point run by Washington State with a seven point run of their own, taking a 17-15 lead on a Stallworth layup and extending their lead to 22-15 on freshman guard Lindsey Sherbert's 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by senior guard Rachelle Federico.
After trading baskets, Washington State went on a 10-2 run to take a 27-26 lead with 4:49 left in the first half. A pair of free throws from sophomore center Talia Caldwell and a layup by sophomore guard Eliza Pierre layup gave the Bears the lead at 31-27 with 3:50 to go. A Caldwell layup highlighted the scoring for the remainder of the half as Cal took a 36-31 lead into the locker room.
Cal scored four points in the first 1:03 of the second half, on jumpers by Caldwell and Sherbert, to extend the lead to 40-31. Cal couldn't manage to extend the lead to double digits with a Cougar three-pointer bringing the gap back down to a modest six points, 40-34.
The Cougars, who would hit five three pointers in the second half, kept quietly chipping away at the Cal lead. One of those treys, hit by April Cook with 9:36 left in the game, narrowed the margin to three, 52-49. After a Cal turnover, the Cougars got a jumper to make it a one-point game, 52-51. Layshia Clarendon drained a three from the right corner to give Cal some breathing room, 55-51, with just over eight minutes left in the game.
The gap was erased at the 6:08 mark when a trey by WSU's Perkins tied the game at 60. Washington State took their first lead since the 12:25 mark of the first half when they hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-60 with just over four minutes left in the game.
Eliza Pierre tied the game, 62-62, on a layup with 3:09 remaining. After a Bear foul, the Cougars were at the line with a chance to retie the game. April Cook made the first but missed her second free throw with the Cougars fighting for the offensive rebound. WSU's Carly Noyes got the putback to put Cal down 65-62 with 2:52 on the clock.
The Bears narrowed the gap back to one, 65-64, on a Clarendon layup with 2:28 to play.
Cal had a chance to tie or take the lead with Talia Caldwell at the free throw line with 1:47 remaining. She missed both free throws and Washington State got the rebound.
Layshia Clarendon tied the game, 66-66, on a layup with 57 seconds left in the game. The Bears committed a foul on defense, sending Washington State back to the line. Jazmine Perkins made her first and missed her second, but once again it was the Cougars who came up with the o-board and maintained possession. Holding a 67-66 lead, they went again to the three-point line and missed, but DeNesha Stallworth fought for the rebound, giving Cal the ball with 33 seconds left in the game. Layshia Clarendon took a shot with 14 seconds left, coming up with her own rebound. The ball ended up out of bounds, possession to Cal. Eliza Pierre's inbounds pass was intercepted by WSU's Jazmine Perkins. Perkins was fouled immediately and sent to the line. She made her first, missed the second, with Cal coming up with the basketball, trailing by two. DeNesha Stallworth threw up a shot to try to tie with two seconds left on the clock, but missed. The ball went out of bounds off a Cal player with less than a second left. Washington State inbounded the ball and the game was over, handing Cal its third straight loss.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 14-10 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. Washington State improves to 8-17 and 6-7 in the Pac-10.
The Bears are back on the road next week, traveling to Southern California. They start the trip by taking on the No. 9 UCLA Bruins on Friday, Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. The game tips at 7 p.m.