California Falls to UCLA, 44-32
Feb. 6, 2010
The Bears opened up the game on an 8-0 run with freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth hitting a jumper at the 11:07 mark of the half to give Cal the eight-point edge. The Bruins missed their first 11 field goal attempts, finally hitting their first field goal of the game with 9:25 remaining in the half. Cal would not score again in the period, being held off the scoreboard through the remainder of the period while UCLA put up 14 points to make it a 14-8 game at halftime.
Cal came back early in the second half. The Bears hit two of their first three field goal attempts, including a three-pointer by junior guard Rachelle Federico at the 16:34 mark to pull within three, 16-13. The Bears tied the game, 18-18 on a fast break by senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson with 14:06 left in the game. Cal was still within two, 22-20 with just under 12 minutes left to play when UCLA started a 7-0 run, pushing their lead out to nine, 29-20. The closest that Cal would come to the Bruins the rest of the game was narrowing the lead to six, 27-33, on another three by Federico with 4:34 remaining. The Bruins held on for the 44-32 victory.
'I was disappointed in our execution,' said head coach Joanne Boyle. 'I was really disappointed in our toughness. I thought we got out-toughed, that was the biggest thing. I thought we did a good job defensively. They only scored 43 points. That's good defense.'
The low-scoring first half tied an NCAA record for fewest combined points in a half (22), tying a Radford (14) and Liberty (8) game from Jan. 27, 2001 and a Liberty and Birmingham Southern game on Feb. 21, 2004. Earlier this season Temple and Villanova combined for just 27 points on Dec. 12, 2009. The eight points scored by Cal was also the fewest scored by a Bears team in the modern era of Cal basketball, eclipsing the previous low of 10 scored against USC on Jan. 23, 2004 in Los Angeles. The two teams combined for 54 points in the second half.
The 43 points scored by UCLA was the fewest points ever scored by a Bruins team in a victory. Cal's 32 points was the fewest scored by a Bears team since Jan. 15, 1977 when Cal defeated Hawaii 31-25.
Rachelle Federico has a very solid performance. Federico went 3-for-6 from the field, scoring nine points and earning 21 minutes of playing time in the game. Alexis Gray-Lawson has a game-high 11 points. She was the only player on either squad to score in double-digits. The Bears also had eight blocks in the game, with freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth logging four.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 12-10 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 play. They will hit the road next week, heading to Washington State for a Friday, Feb. 12 game against the Cougars followed by a Sunday, Feb. 14 Valentine's Day date with the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Sunday's match-up will be aired on Fox Sports and can be seen locally on Comcast Bay Area.