Dec. 2, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore Brittany Boyd scored a career-high 28 points - 23 coming in the second half - and collected seven steals, but No. 11 California could not overcome a cold first half in a 77-63 loss at No. 4 Duke.
The loss ended the six-game winning streak to begin the season for the Bears (6-1), the second-longest season-opening streak in program history. Duke (6-0) was led by a 22-point outing from Tricia Liston.
"While we're disappointed to not play better in the first half, I think we'll get more out of it than we realize," California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "Duke is really, really good. I like how our team responded in the second half. We played a little bit more of our brand of basketball. We really locked in at halftime, but against a team like Duke you can't put yourself in that kind of hole because they are that good. We'll take a lot away from this game."
Senior Layshia Clarendon scored 13 points and matched her career-best of four steals in the contest. Gennifer Brandon put up a line of seven points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and a steal for the Bears.
Cal was out-rebounded for the first time this season after collecting a program-record 66 rebounds in Friday night's win at Old Dominion. A cold first-half by California allowed the Blue Devils to take a 34-20 advantage at the break. Cal shot 7-of-32 (21.9%) from the field in the first half before rebounding in the second half to shoot 50% (16-of-32).
The Bears jumped out to the advantage in a back-and-forth affair with Layshia Clarendon putting seven points in early for a 13-10 Cal lead, but the Bears went through a cold spell that allowed the Blue Devils to race out on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes.
Talia Caldwell cut the run with a layup, but Duke's Trica Liston responded by scoring 10 unanswered points to give the Blue Devils a 32-15 lead with 5:25 remaining in the first half.
"We started off really hot and they were hot," Gottlieb said of the first half. "Then we started to miss a couple of shots and that made us tighten up. We started to rush things a little bit."
The teams played an even second half, 43-43, with Boyd scoring 23 of Cal's points in the half. California methodically chipped the 19-point lead down to 10 (62-52) with 4:27 remaining before the Blue Devils closed out for the 77-63 win.
Cal continues its road trip with a visit to Cal State Bakersfield Friday night with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.