California Defeats Oregon State, 66-62
Feb. 18, 2010
The California Golden Bears remained in third place in the Pac-10 standings after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 66-62. DeNesha Stallworth scored a game-high 19 points.
After falling behind 19-12 in the first half, junior guard Rachelle Federico began the momentum swing for the Bears, draining a three-point basket to make it a 19-15 game, beginning an 8-0 run for Cal. A Federico steal and a Federico layup pulled Cal within two, 21-19. Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon capped the run with a jumper, tying the game at 21-21. Oregon State took a temporary lead, 28-27, with 4:27 remaining, but Clarendon got a layup on the ensuing possession to put Cal back in the lead. They would not trail again in the half, taking a 35-33 advantage into the locker room.
In the second half, Oregon State came back to tie the game, 42-42, with just over 15 minutes remaining in the contest. Cal put on the press, disrupting the OSU offense while going on a 8-0 run on the offensive end of the court to take a 50-42 lead.
Oregon State, who battled the Bears to double overtime in the first meeting of the year between the two teams, once again stuck with Cal. The Bears lead 62-57 with 2:30 left on the clock. Oregon State got an and-one basket, converting a Cal turnover into three points on a layup and a foul to make it a two point game, 62-60, with just over a minute remaining. Alexis Gray-Lawson went up for a three point shot on the opposite end and was fouled on the attempt. She converted two of her three freethrow attempts to give Cal a four point cushion, 64-60, with 42 seconds left. After a flurry of activity under the Oregon State hoop after a missed layup attempt, Cal was whistled for a foul, allowing Oregon State to again make it a two-point game, 64-62, after they converted the freethrows. The immediately fouled, with Natasha Vital making one of two, giving Cal a 65-62 advantage. Oregon State ran the court and got the ball into the hands of their three-point shooter, Talisa Rhea. Rhea made a move, got wide open, and then had her attempt clank off with 9 seconds left. Alexis Gray-Lawson pulled in the rebound and Cal held on for the 66-62 victory.
Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth was the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Stallworth, who scored 15 of those points in the second half, was 9-for-11 from the field. She also had six rebounds, two assists, and a pair of blocks. Gray-Lawson scored 17 points. She took just eight shots in the game, but hit five of them, including draining three three-pointers. Gennifer Brandon pulled in ten rebounds. She was the only player in the game with double-digit boards.
With the victory, Cal remains in third place in the Pac-10, holding a 9-5 mark in Conference play and improves to 15-10 overall on the season. Oregon State falls to 9-15 and extends their losing streak to 13 games.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, Feb, 29 when they will take on the Oregon Ducks at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Saturday's game will be a Cal Kids Day where all youth general admission tickets are just $1. The pre-game Cal Kids Day activities, including poster making and face painting, will take place in the Club Room because of the late tip time.