Cal Overpowered by Washington State, 77-63
Jan. 14, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The California women's basketball team lost to Washington State, 77-63, on Friday evening at Beasley Coliseum. After the Cougars took a 42-27 lead into the half, the Golden Bears silenced WSU to start the second half. Cal opened the second half by scoring 11 unanswered points coupled with the Cougars missing their first 11 shots of the second half.
The Bears' impressive second-half start allowed Cal to cut WSU's lead to as little as three before the Cougars regained its momentum midway through the second half, leading by as much as 21. With the loss, the Bears drop to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Cougars now stand at 4-13, 2-3 in the Pac-10.
Layshia Clarendon paced the Bears with 13 points with Eliza Pierre right behind her with 12. WSU led for the entirety of the conference match-up thanks to four players scoring in double digits. Overall, Cal shot 47.8 percent overall compared to WSU's 50 percent.
The Cougars opened the game with a 7-0 run that Eliza Pierre halted with an easy layup just under three minutes into the game.
Rama N'diaye had a key steal off of which Clarendon laid up a bucket to bring Cal within 13 at 34-21 to play with 4:01 on the first-half clock. It was Clarendon again for Cal's next score, this time with a 12-footer. Cook answered with a layup to counteract, giving WSU a 36-23 lead.
DeNesha Stallworth put up the final points in the first half for the Bears with a layup with Talia Caldwell assisting. Katie Madison tallied two successful free throws to give the Cougs a 15-point lead at the end of the first stanza, 42-27.
Talia Caldwell scored the first points of the second half, and her first basket of the game, 1:20 into the second half.
Afure Jemerigbe converted the second end of two sets of free throws to bring Cal closer. A three in front of the Cal bench by Clarendon made the score 42-34 and the Cougar bench immediately call a timeout.
Jemerigbe grabbed a steal and was fouled by April Cook going up for the layup. She made the two points on free throws to decrease WSU's lead to just six. Pierre followed up with a basket to cut the lead to four, 42-38. WSU's first points of the second half came with a free throw from Ireti Amojo, who made only one of her three free-throw shots. Pierre responded with another score to cut the Cougar lead to three.
WSU's first non-free-throw score came with 13:39 to play in regulation with a Sage Romberg jumper. A 16-footer by Adzasu and an uncontested jumper from Potter distanced the cougars, 49-41, and saw Cal call a brief timeout to regroup.
With WSU leading, 74-53 with just under three minutes remaining, Mikayla Lyles made back-to-back treys to bring her Bears within 15. Amojo upped the Cougs' lead to 18 with a three, which was immediately answered with a Pierre layup to end the game at 77-63.
The Bears finish the road trip on Sunday, Jan. 16 when they take on the Washington Huskies (6-7, 1-3 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. in Seattle.