California Falls 67-64 at USC
Jan. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES -
The California Golden Bears lost on a last second shot, falling to the USC Trojans 67-64 Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Bears.
Cal's shooters got off to a blistering start, hitting six of their first eight shots to take a 13-6 lead over the Trojans. USC battled back, tying the game at 21 with 8:43 remaining. USC's Hailey Dunham hit a jumper thirty seconds later to give the Trojans a two point lead. Dunham's basket was the last field goal that the Trojans would make in the half. Cal's defense clamped down while DeNesha Stallworth went to work on the offensive side. Stallworth scored eight points during a Cal 9-0 run to put the Bears back into the lead. Stallworth scored 14 points in the first period, with senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson right behind her with 13 points. Gray-Lawson and Stallworth combined to score all but eight of Cal's first half points. The Bears entered the locker room holding a 10 point advantage, 37-27.In the second half, USC outscored the Bears 13-2 in the first five minutes to take back the lead, 40-39. Six lead changes and three ties later, Cal edged out to a 59-54 lead with Stallworth scoring eight consecutive Bear points. The Trojans refused to give in, coming back to take a 60-59 lead with 1:23 remaining in the game.
A jumphook under the hoop by Stallworth gave Cal a one-point edge, 61-60, with a minute remaining. USC's Brianna Gilbreath made a pair of freethrows to put the Trojans back in the lead, 62-61. Cal failed to score on their subsequent possession, committing a foul after a missed layup by Gray-Lawson. Gilbreath converted both freethrows on the opposite end to put Cal in a three-point hole, 64-61, with 17 seconds and possession of the ball. A three-pointer by Gray-Lawson with 5.4 seconds remaining tied the game 64-64. USC's Ashley Coral tossed up a three-pointer that banked in with six-tenths of a second remaining to put USC up 67-64. Cal imbounded the ball but could not get off a shot before time expired.
Stallworth scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Bears. It was the first 30-point performance of the season for a Cal player. Gray-Lawson had her fourth 20 point performance of the season, scoring 20 points.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 6-8 on the season and 0-3 in Pac-10 play. They return home to the Pamplin Sports Center on Thursday, Jan. 14 when they host the Washington Huskies. Tip time is at 7 p.m.