Jan. 19, 2012
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears won their fifth game in a row, defeating the Washington Huskies, 71-47, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 18 points.
Junior guard Layshia Clarendon, who came into the game 24 points shy of joining the Cal 1,000 Point Club, moved five points closer to the milestone in the first few minutes of the game, hitting a jumper and a three-pointer to start a 7-0 Bear run.
On the opposite end, the Cal defense kept the Huskies from getting a decent look. Washington started the game making just one field goal in the first 11 minutes, with that one bucket being bookended by a pair of 0-for-7 stretches from the field.
Washington pulled to within seven, 21-14, when junior guard Eliza Pierre drove through the lane, dribbling past three Washington defenders to reach the hoop and make a layup as the shot clock expired, putting Cal up, 23-14. Sophomore guard Afure Jemerigbe showed off a spin move, scoring a hoop to make it a 25-14 game with five minutes left in the half. A three by Clarendon extended Cal's lead to 13, 28-15, with 3:31 left in the half.
Washington started a run, getting an offensive rebound after a missed three-pointer, scoring a jumper on the second chance and getting fouled in the process for an and-one. They added a layup and then a three-pointer to pull within six, 31-25, with one minute left in the half.
Junior forward Talia Caldwell scored a layup with 20 seconds left to give Cal a 33-25 halftime lead.
Caldwell started the half in the same manner, scoring a layup to make it a 35-25 game. Caldwell scored Cal's first six points of the second half, with the Bears leading 39-29, with 17 minutes left in the game.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd led the Bears charging up the floor, scoring a transition layup and driving the lane with the shot clock expiring to help push the lead to 15, 47-32, with 14:34 left in the game.
The game stalled at the 53-42 point with neither team making a field goal for four minutes. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray ended the drought with a layup after a Washington turnover. A steal by Boyd set up another Gray layup 13 seconds later as the Bears lead expanded to 59-42 with just over six minutes left in the game.
The Bears closed out the game on a 9-3 run to earn their fifth conference win in a row with the 24-point victory. The Bears (14-5, 5-2 Pac-12), who were swept during the regular season last year by Washington (10-6, 2-4 Pac-12), remain in third place in the Pac-12 standings.
"We did a good job of taking care of business at home," said head coach Linday Gottlieb. "Every game of the Pac-12 is going to be tough and I thought that they really owned the game plan. I thought our players hung tough. I thought that everyone who came in contributed, played their role. Boyd and Caldwell were spectacular in what we did tonight and definitely our catalyst for the night. I thought it was a really good team win and we were happy to be back at Haas and beat the Huskies."
Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 18 points with five rebounds. Caldwell went 8-for-10 from the floor, helping the Bears to score 52 points in the paint. Fellow forward Reshanda Gray scored 16 points, going 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
"I just think that our post group is so fun to coach," said Gottlieb. "I recognize that they are so unique and talented, they all bring different things, and more than anything if you see them in practice, from day one, and their individual workouts that group clicked as a unit. They share minutes, they push each other and I think they appreciate the different skills that people bring."
Freshman guard Brittany Boyd scored 14 points with eight assists, three steals, and two rebounds.
"I think Brittany has worked really hard," said Gottlieb. "If she gets the ball back on the perimeter and even if people aren't tight on her, she can be really selective with what she does and I think her finishing has been great, going to the basket. We know that when she goes to the basket and people collapse on her, she is going to find open people and she's been really good at that."
Layshia Clarendon scored eight points, all in the first half. She is now 16 points shy of reaching the 1,000 career point benchmark. Clarendon also had six rebounds and two assists.
The Bears, who are the top team in the nation in rebounding margin, have outrebounded their opponents every game this season, winning the defensive battle 37-30 over the Huskies.
The Bears will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 22 when they host Washington State in a game that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on CSN Bay Area. Sunday's game will tip at 3:30 p.m. It's a Cal kids Day with all general admission tickets for youth 12th grade and younger priced at $1. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free Cal Women's Basketball replica jersey t-shirt. Weather permitting, there will be inflatables outside on the plaza along with face painting, poster making, and the Blue & Gold bling station. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the Cal Kids Day activities will be moved indoors to the Club Room. The pregame activities take place from 2-3:30. There will also be a post-game team autograph session on the court.
Please note the date change for the Sunday game. Some schedules and some tickets list the old date of 1/21 for that game. All tickets with the 1/21 date can be used at the door like normal. You do not need to exchange those tickets.