Dec. 9, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Chasity Shavers scored a career-high 32 points and made three free throws in the final 34 seconds to close out San Jose State's 68-66 upset of No. 22 California on Wednesday night.
Shavers repeatedly beat the Bears with fast-break layups and finished 11 of 19 from the field.
Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 21 points but missed on a drive to the basket with 6 seconds left. The Bears (4-4), who led by 13 in the first half, failed in their second attempt to get coach Joanne Boyle her 100th win at the school.
Samantha Marez added 13 points to help the Spartans (2-7) to their biggest win under third-year coach Pam DeCosta.
Shavers also had eight rebounds for the Spartans, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Cal opened the game on a 14-2 run, draining four three-pointers in the first four minutes of the game and seemed poised to cruise to an easy victory. Cal led by 12, 25-13, with 8:21 remaining in the first half when San Jose State went on a 10-0 run to pull within two points, 25-23. The Spartans took their first lead of the game with 1:56 remaining in the half and wen to the locker room up three, 39-36.
Cal battled back with Alexis Gray-Lawson hitting her fifth three-pointer of the night to tie the game 43-43 with 17:43 remaining. After six lead changes in the span of the next seven minutes, San Jose State hit four straight freethrows followed by a three-pointer to take a six-point lead with nine minutes left in the game.
Cal got within two with just under three minutes to play on a jump shot by freshman DeNesha Stallworth, but San Jose State extended the lead back out to six with 54 seconds left on the clock.
Lauren Greif was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 36 seconds left on the clock. Her shot went down and she converted the freethrow, pulling the Bears back to within two. A Cal foul sent San Jose State back to the opposite end where they converted on their freethrows and regained a four-point lead.
DeNesha Stallworth hit a three to make it a one point game. Cal got a tie-up on the attempted inbounds by the Spartans, giving them possession under their own basket with 16 seconds remaining. After getting the ball in, Cal struggled to find a shot. Alexis Gray-Lawson drove the lane and threw up a desperation shot that didn't go down. The Spartans ended up with the rebound. They hit their first freethrow on the opposite end to make it a 68-66 game. Cal came up with the rebound on the missed second freethrow, getting the ball back with 3 seconds on the clock, but they failed to get a shot off, with the Spartans walking away with the 68-66 victory.
Gray-Lawson went 6-for-13 from three-point range, scoring a team-high 21 points. She also became the Cal all-time leader in made three-pointers with her first basket of the evening. Cal hit 12 three-pointers in the game, one shy of the team record of 13 set against Long Beach State in 1995. They continued to struggle at the freethrow line, however, going 8-for-15 from the charity stripe.
The team will break for finals, returning to action on Monday, Dec. 21 when they face Long Beach State in Long Beach. The game will be carried live on CalBears.com.