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Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Roadrunners

Nov 29, 2020

Final Box | Boxscore

BERKELEY – California women's basketball nearly completed an 18-point second-half comeback, but ultimately fell to CSU Bakersfield, 60-52, Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. 

Trailing 56-39 with just over 12 minutes left in the contest, the Bears (0-2, 0-0 Pac-12) embarked on an 11-0 run to cut their deficit to six with 6:27 left to play. However, two made baskets and a stretch of staunch defense in the game's final minutes put the Roadrunners (1-0, 0-0 Big West) in position to secure the win. 
 
"We definitely have a lot of work to do," sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh said. "But I feel like I know our potential, which I've seen in practice and in some spots in the game. We just have to put it all together and I know that we will."

Freshman guard Alma Elsnitz, who made her collegiate debut on Sunday, led the Golden Bears with 14 points, four rebounds and two steals. 

McIntosh finished in double figures for the second consecutive game, scoring 12 points along with six rebounds.

The Roadrunners shot 46.6 percent from the field and 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) from three in the contest. They were led by sophomore guard Lexus Green with 15 points and five assists. 

Cal went 18-for-23 (78.3 percent) from the free-throw line off of 19 CSUB fouls, while the Roadrunners shot and made just one free throw. 

The Bears begin conference play next weekend as they host Washington (Fri, Dec. 4) and Washington State (Sun, Dec. 6) at Haas Pavilion. Times for these matchups are still TBD. 

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