California Closes Out Non-Conference Schedule with 80-65 Victory
Dec. 30, 2009
SAN DIEGO -
The California Golden Bears closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 85-60 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack in the consolation championship of the Maggie Dixon Surf `n Slam Tournament in San Diego.
Cal started a lineup featuring four freshmen with guard Eliza Pierre getting her first career start. From the opening tip, Cal dominated the game. Cal's offensive went on an 18-0 run early in the first half, jumping out to a 31-8 lead while making 61.1 percent of their shots through the first 12 minutes of the game. Every single Cal player scored in the first half. Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon, getting her second consecutive start, scored 12 first half points.
On the defensive end, Cal's pressure defense stifled the Wolf Pack, with Nevada going over nine minutes without connecting on a field goal midway through the first period.
Cal went into the locker room with a solid 20-point lead, 50-30. They held on for a 25 point victory.
Clarendon paced the Bears in scoring for the third straight game. She scored 22 points and also had a team-high 7 rebounds to go with three steals. Talia Caldwell was the first Bear this season to block three or more shots in a game, knocking down four shot attempts. Senior forward Gennifer Brandon, who missed two games with a stress reaction in her fibula, returned to the court, scoring 10 points.
Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 11 points, putting her three points shy of becoming the ninth player in Cal history to score 1,500 points in her career. She will enter Saturday's game with 1,497 points.
The Bears, who struggled at the freethrow line recently, made 11 of their 12 attempts from the charity stripe.
Cal finished the non-conference slate with a 6-5 record. The team will head back to Northern California to finalize preparations for their Pac-10 season opener. The Battle of the Bay part one will take place this Saturday, Jan. 2, when Cal heads to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. Tip off will be at 12 noon. Live audio play-by-play will be streamed on CalBears.com and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (locally in the Bay Area on Comcast Bay Area).