Nov. 27, 2010
The California Golden Bears escaped with a 74-62 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the opening game of the Colliers International Classic Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon scored 20 points for the Bears.
Cal jumped out to another hot start, with sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth, freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert and sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon contributing to a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. A jumper by Clarendon gave the Bears their first double digit lead, 20-10, halfway through the period. After Fullerton pulled within six, 24-18, with four and a half minutes left in the period, Cal took back control of the game, outscoring the Titans 10-4 through the remainder of the half to take a 34-22 advantage into the break.
Cal began the second half scoring a quick six points to extend the lead to 40-22 with 18:30 remaining. The Bears started working the low post, with eight of their first nine shots coming in the paint with the Bears making seven layups, three each by Clarendon and sophomore center Talia Caldwell, to take a 50-34 lead.
Fullerton came back, narrowing the one-time 18 point gap to 60-53 with six minutes left in the game. After a Cal turnover, Fullerton drained a three to pull within four, 60-56, with five and a half left. Fullerton made it a two point game, 60-58, after converting free throws following a Cal foul. Stallworth stopped the run, scoring six points in a minute and a half to give Cal a 66-60 lead with two and a half remaining.
Free throws by Caldwell followed by a jumper in the paint by Clarendon extended the Ca lead back to ten, 70-60, with just over a minute remaining. They held on for their fourth victory of the season.
Layshia Clarendon led the Bears with 20 points. She also had six rebounds and four assists. DeNesha Stallworth snapped her string of four straight games with a double double, with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Talia Caldwell scored 17 with five rebounds.
The Bears dominated the boards, outrebounding the Titans 40-20. Lindsay Sherbert had a game-high 9 rebounds.
"I thought we did a great job on the boards," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "That was an emphasis of ours coming out of last week. We felt like other people were running down balls, so that was an emphasis for us. I thought they did a really good job with that."
The Bears were playing with just eight players again as senior center Rama N'diaye sat out her second consecutive game, this time with a flare up in her knee. She is day-to-day and her status for Sunday's game will be a game time decision.
In the second game of the tournament, the Portland State Vikings held on for a 74-62 victory over the Tulane Green Wave. Portland State led by 12 at halftime, but Tulane pulled within four points in the final four minutes before Portland State rallied and then closed out the game to advance to Sunday's championship game.
With the win, Cal improves to 4-1 on the season. They will take on Portland State Sunday afternoon in the Colliers International Classic Championship game. It will tip at 2:30 p.m. At 12 noon, Tulane and Cal State Fullerton will play in the consolation game.
General admission tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger will be free for the game. Adults can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 with a non-perishable food donation at the ticket booth.