California Comes From Behind to Win at Home
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Release:  02/26/2011

Feb. 26, 2011

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The Bears came from behind to defeat the Oregon State Beavers, 58-49, in their final regular-season home game. Guard Rachelle Federico made the most of her senior night, scoring a career-high 15 points. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon had a career-high 12 rebounds with 16 points for her first double double of the season.

Federico wasted no time in taking advantage of her first career start, pulling in the first rebound of the game and scoring five of Cal's first seven points. The Bears fell into an early 8-0 deficit, a run snapped by Federico jump shot. Federico also snapped another Oregon State run when she drained a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a five-point game, 12-7, with 14:13 left in the period.

Freshman guard Mikayla Lyles drained a three-pointer from almost the same spot to end an almost six minute stretch where the Bears did not hit a field goal, opening up a 7-0 Cal run that pulled them within six, 21-15, with 7:03 remaining. After a two minutes stretch with neither team managing to score, Federico drained her second three of the night, making it a three-point game, 21-18. Oregon State's Earlysia Marchbanks scored on back-to-back possessions to push the lead back to seven, 25-18. Federico closed out the first half with a jumper in the paint with four seconds left on the clock, her career-high 12th points, to send the Bears to the locker room trailing 30-24.

The second half began with the same slow pace of the first half, with both teams going to 2-3 zone defenses. In the first four minutes of the second half, Cal scored the only basket, a jumper right in front of the basket from freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert.

Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth fired up the crowd at the 13:39 mark when she drew a foul on a layup and converting the and-one to make it a 35-31 game. Lyles hit a three-pointer with just under 11 to play to pull Cal within three, 39-36, once again igniting cheers from the hometown fans. Lyles drained a second three 54 seconds later, tying the game. After Clarendon grabbed a steal, she laid the ball in on a fast break to give Cal its first lead of the game, 41-39.

Stallworth upped the lead to 43-39 with a well-timed jumper in the paint. Federico hit her third three of the game to extend the Cal lead to 46-39, with just over seven minutes left to play. Cal continued to roll, extending their run to 16-0 and their lead to 52-39 until Oregon State snapped it with a three from Sage Indendi.

A late run by Oregon State, where they score ten of their 19 second half points in the final five minutes of the game, did little to rattle the Bears who held on for the 58-49 victory.

"Just happy to get a win and finally kind of end that streak," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "And get back on a positive note and a little bit of a roll. It is better to come into practice on Monday with a good game under our belts, so I am excited about that."

Federico had a career night, scoring half of the Bears first half points.

"We knew they were going to play zone," Boyle said as she explained her decision to start Federico. "We haven't been getting off to good starts offensively, not that we did tonight, but the one who was scoring for us was Mooch. That was helpful. It wasn't a senior thing or anything like that. We just needed a new breath, a new something. She is very mature out there. She knows everything we are in. She is one of the people who really does communicate and talk out there. I thought she deserved it and I thought she did a great job."

Federico ended the game with a career-high 15 points and a career-high six rebounds, playing a career-high 33 minutes.

"It is like my own little Disneyland fairy tale," Federico said. "It is a great feeling. And I have great teammates and a great coaching staff behind me. They have so much confidence in me and it was great to be able to show what we can do and get a W out of it. It was a nice little ending."

Clarendon scored a game-high 16 points. She also pulled in a career-high 12 rebounds, her first double double of the season and the second of her career. She also had four assists and two steals.

Lyles also hit a new career high in scoring, putting up 13 points. She was 3-for-4 from three-point range and 4-for-6 overall from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

With the win, the Bears improve to 15-13 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-10. Oregon State falls to 9-18, 2-14 in the Pac-10.

The Bears will finish off the regular season next Thursday, March 3, when they play at No. 2 Stanford. The game, which will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast Bay Area, tips at 8 p.m.