No. 9 Cal Beats Oregon, 61-52, to Improve to 5-0 in Pac-10 For 1st Time
Jan. 10, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ashley Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds and No. 9 California held off Oregon 61-52 on Thursday night.
Walker was the only player in double figures for Cal (14-2, 5-0), which is 5-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time and has six straight wins for the first time since 1992-93.
Taylor Lilley had 15 points for Oregon (8-7, 2-2), Micaela Cocks had 13 and Ellyce Ironmonger had 12, but the Ducks lost their shooting touch after a hot start. They hit eight of their first 16 shots, but were just 11 of 36 thereafter.
Cal scored the first five points of the game and looked to be too strong inside for the Ducks, but Oregon's steady shooting and solid rebounding rallied the Ducks. They took the lead at 14-13 on Ellie Manou's follow and went on a 6-0 run to go ahead 24-20.
The low-scoring first half ended 24-22, which was the right pace for the Ducks: Before Thursday, they were 7-0 in games they held their opponents to fewer than 56 points.
Oregon also had its way on the boards against Cal, which is known for its rugged inside play. The Ducks outrebounded the Bears 17-12 in the first half, including seven offensive rebounds. Manou had four of those, and all four of her points came on putbacks.
The second half started well for Oregon, as the lead stretched to six on Ironmonger's jumper, but the tone shifted abruptly when Ironmonger picked up two quick fouls -- her third and fourth -- and had to leave with 15:50 remaining. Her departure played a big part in Cal's 17-4 run, which gave the Bears a 40-33 lead they never lost.