Dec. 4, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
The California Golden Bears remain winless on the road, falling to the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies 74-58 in a morning game in College Station Texas. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon led the Bears with 19 points.
Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert got the game started, draining a three on the first shot of the game, pushing Cal out to a 3-0 lead. In a hotly contested first half, the teams swapped eight lead changes in the first seven minutes. With Cal plagued by turnovers, Texas A&M edged out to a 15-12 lead with 12:56 left in the first half, pushing the lead out to 21-13 at the halfway point of the period.
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth stopped the Aggies run, getting a put back after an offensive board, making it a 21-15 game. A jumper by sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon made it a four point game, 21-17 game. A&M extended the lead back out to ten, 30-20, with 6:00 remaining. A low post feed from sophomore guard Eliza Pierre to Stallworth got it back to a single digit deficit, 30-22, with 5:30 left. A&M went on a late 6-0 run to give them a 38-29 halftime lead.
The Aggies dominated the transition game in the first half, scoring 16 fast break points in the first half, almost half of their total offense. The Bears committed 15 turnovers in the first period.
In the second half, the Bears got back-to-back-to-back-to-back baskets to get things started. Sophomore center Talia Cadwell got a layup off an offensive rebound, followed by a quick transition basket by Pierre after a steal by Sherbert. Stallworth and Clarendon followed with jumpers to make it a one point game, 38-37. Clarendon tied the game, 38-38, with 16:30 left on a free throw. The Bears took their first lead of the game since the early minutes on a fast break lay-in by Clarendon, her 14th point of the game, putting Cal up 40-38.
After a tie and two lead changes, A&M found their spark, inching back out to a 48-41 lead with 14:00 remaining. A&M pushed the lead back out to double digits, 54-43 with 12:30 left in the game. With 8:45 left in the game, A&M had extended the lead to 58-45, a 20-5 run since Cal had taken the 40-38 lead. Cal went nearly six full minutes, making just one field goal, as the Aggies made their push.
Cal got the deficit back down to single digits, pulling within seven, 63-56, on a pair of Rachelle Federico free throws with 4:23 remaining, but A&M went back up double digits, 67-56, with just over three remaining.
The Aggies held on for the victory, improving to 6-0 on the season. The Bears fall to 5-2, still looking for their first road win of the year.
The Bears will be back at Haas next weekend, playing their only home game in the month of December when they host the 49ers of Long Beach State, Saturday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.