Nov. 4, 2010
The California Golden Bears women's basketball team defeated the Vanguard Lions, 79-41, in an exhibition game at Haas Pavilion. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth tallied a game-high 17 points.
Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre got the action started, draining a three-pointer less than a minute into the game, the start of an 18-1 run for the home team. After increasing their lead to 24-4 on a layup by senior center Rama N'diaye, Vanguard found a spark, hitting two quick buckets in transition to get their offense in gear, but Cal still managed to go into halftime with a comfortable 46-20 advantage.
The second half was much more balanced with Cal holding a 33-21 scoring advantage in the frame. The Bears walked away with the 79-41 victory.
"It was good just to play another team," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "To get up and down the floor and play a 40 minute game with refs and fans, it was good. I thought for the first time having Rama back and giving the freshmen a lot of minutes, and working our rotations a little bit, it was really good for that stuff."
N'diaye, who is working her way back after missing all of last season rehabbing from knee surgery, posted a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds and 11 points.
Stallworth, who made six of her first seven shots including draining a three-pointer, finished the game with a game-high 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Pierre, who went 3-for-3 in her first three shot attempts, also had double-digit points with 12. She also logged five steals, six assists, and five rebounds.
"She settles us in the post," Boyle said of Stallworth's game. "She dominates in the post. She's just our go-to person. She works well with Rama and Talia in there. She just needs to do more for us this year. We need her to step up and I think she has done that and will continue to do that."
For the freshmen, Mikayla Lyles showed her quick trigger, taking seven shots from outside the three-point arc. Freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe led the rookies in scoring with nine points. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert had six assists with zero turnovers.
This was the only exhibition game for the Bears who open their season on Friday, Nov. 12, hosting the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in a 7 p.m. game at Haas Pavilion. General admission tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger are free for this game. Tickets for the Rutgers game and all of Cal's home games are on sale now through the Athletic Ticket Office.