California Continues On After Win Over ASU
by Lara Boyko
Sixth-seed California (17-14, 7-11) guard Layshia Clarendon finished the game with 22 points, but it was her two free-throws with 32 seconds left in the game to secure a 48-43 upset win over third-seed Arizona State (20-10, 11-7 Pac-10) that seemed to be more important than any of her other points today.
"I was preparing to either make them or miss them," said Clarendon. "I don't know how many games where I've missed my free-throws, especially in the one-and-one situation. It was a relief to be up three points and think about not giving them a three-point shot attempt."
The sigh of relief for Clarendon created a different response from the Arizona State bench that had a rough game on offense.
"We are just disappointed," said Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne. "Obviously we didn't play well. Turnovers were the difference."
Despite their 22 turnovers and shooting 36.2% from the field, Arizona State never gave up. After trailing by 27-23 at the half, they stayed within eight points of California during the second half of the game and pulled to within one point with 47 seconds left in the game.
"It's hard because I know how hard they have worked to get to this point," said Turner Thorne. "[Our turnovers] are unforced errors, but we do it to ourselves and we talk about it. When we don't do this, I think we can beat anyone in the country. When we do this, we are really bad and we did this today. Hopefully we will get to continue to play and figure it out."
California was led by Clarendon's 22 points and Talia Caldwell's nine rebounds. The Golden Bears shot 40% from the field and did not make their sole three-point attempt.
"We came in understanding the game against Arizona State, a great team, and it was a battle down the stretch," said California coach Joanne Boyle. "I was proud of how they played the game and ended the game."
Arizona State was led by Becca Tobin's 10 points and six rebounds. The Sun Devils shot 36.2% from the field and 20% from three-point land.
Arizona State now waits to see if their 20 wins will be good enough to make it into the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile California moves on to the semifinals of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament tomorrow to face second-seed UCLA at the Staples Center at 2:30 p.m.