Golden Bears Pull Away From Huskies
by Lara Boyko
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After a hard-fought first half and beginning of the second half, which produced seven tie scores and nine lead changes, sixth-seed California (16-14) pulled away with 11:36 left in the game and never looked back on their way to a 58-48 win over seventh-seed Washington (8-23).
"We were pretty aggressive on ball screens and I thought that DeNesha Stallworth had to sit out for so much in the first half that when she came back in she got some touches," said California coach Joanne Boyle. "We got fouled and then I thought we did a great job on the boards with second chance points. I thought our effort in the second half on the boards was really good. We did a really good job of hard-hedging ball screens to take them out of their rhythm. I think we were a little more aggressive in the second half."
Washington never gave up in the second half, but just could not overcome California's adjustments and lead.
"The game is quite simple, especially at this juncture of the season," said Washington coach Tia Jackson. Our players understand that it takes a great deal of hustle, a great deal of focus in taking care of the basketball and rebounding. As you all saw, the difference in the game was rebounding. Give credit to California, they kept coming, and they kept coming hard."
California did hit the boards hard and finished the game with 47 rebounds. The Golden Bears were lead by double-double performances by Layshia Clarendon's 16 points and 10 rebounds and Talia Caldwell's 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Washington put up the good fight thanks to balanced scoring as all but one Husky scored. The Huskies were led by 10 point performances by Mackenzie Argens and Kristi Kingma.
The sixth-seed Golden Bears will now play the fifth-seed Trojans at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Galen Center.