Coach Boyle Earns 100th Cal Victory in a 80-71 Win at Long Beach
Dec. 21, 2009
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -
California Golden Bears head coach Joanne Boyle earned the 100th victory of her Cal career in a 80-71 victory over the Long Beach State 49ers Monday night, Dec. 21, in Long Beach.
Cal took over the game in the first half, pressuring the 49ers into five turnovers in a span of 2:21 midway through the period. The Bears were converting the opportunities on the other end. Led by 12 first half points by freshman Layshia Clarendon, Cal took a 36-26 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, Long Beach State hung in the game, pulling within five, 47-42, with 11:45 left in the half when senior guard Natasha Vital drained a three-pointer to give Cal some breathing room.Back-to-back three-pointers by DeNesha Stallworth and Clarendon put the Bears up by 14, 62-48, with eight minutes remaining. The 49ers clawed their way back into the game at the freethrow line, making 16-of-17 from the charity stripe, with all but two of those coming in the second half.
Cal, playing with just eight players, had both of their posts playing with four fouls with six and a half minutes remaining in the half. Despite being shorthanded and burdened by foul trouble, Cal managed to hold on for their fifth victory of the year, improving to 5-4.
Clarendon, a Southern California native from nearby San Bernardino, had a breakout game, leading the Bears with 21 points, the most in a single game in her young collegiate career. It was just the third time this season a Bear player had scored more than 20 points in a game, with Alexis Gray-Lawson having a pair of 20+ point performances this season. Stallworth scored 19 points, tying her collegiate career high. Vital matched her season high with 17 points.
The victory was the 100th in the Cal career of head coach Joanne Boyle. Boyle becomes just the second coach in Cal history to achieve triple digit wins with the Bears. Boyle has a career record of 100-39 in her four plus seasons with the Bears. Her overall career record, including her three seasons with Richmond, improves to 167-68.
Cal will take a short break for Christmas before heading back to Southern California to compete in the Surf 'n Slam Tournament in San Diego. They open the tournament on Dec. 28 when they take on Boston College at 8 p.m. Live audio of the game will be streamed on CalBears. com.