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Backcourt Duo Leads Cal To 89-73 Win Over Cal Poly

Dec 18, 2021
Freshman Jayda Curry tied her career-high with 27 points in the win over Cal Poly.

BERKELEY – Jayda Curry and Jazlen Green posted career highs of 27 and 20 points to lead Cal (8-2) to an 89-73 victory over Cal Poly (1-7) in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears made a season-high 10 3-point field goals in the victory and also had their best shooting percentage of the season from beyond the arc (10-18, .556) with Curry (4-6) and Green (4-8) knocking down four each to equal career-highs.

Dalayah Daniels and Leilani McIntosh added 11 and 10 points for the Bears.

There were two contrasting styles of basketball on display from the beginning of Saturday's action. Cal Poly scored the game's first six points by working the ball inside and beating the Bears on the boards early. But after the Mustang run to start the contest it was mostly Cal's ability to run the floor and knock down shots that let the Bears dominate the rest of the way. Cal led by as many as 28 points late in the third quarter and held a 23-point margin until Cal Poly outscored the Bears 13-6 in the game's final four-plus minutes.   

In addition to Cal's decisive advantage in three-point shooting (Cal Poly was 3-of-12), the Bears also held statistical advantages over the Mustangs in nearly every other team category including field goal percentage (.476 – .424), rebounds (41-36), assists (18-13), steals (10-4) and blocks (9-1).

Hannah Scanlan led three Mustangs in double figures with 15 points, while Sydney Bourland and Julia Nielacna had 14 each.

After Cal missed its first four shots of the game and fell behind, 6-0, Green got the Bears on the board on a three-pointer with 6:39 remaining in opening period. By the end of the first quarter, Cal led 22-14 on the strength of 9-of-16 shooting from the floor including 4-of-5 on three-pointers. Green and Curry each had eight points and a pair of three pointers for the Bears in the opening period.

The Mustangs also started the second quarter strong by scoring the first five points to cut Cal's lead to 22-19 but would never get any closer. The Bears dominated the remainder of the quarter, taking their first double-digit lead of the game at 37-25 on McIntosh's three-pointer with 4:10 to go and finishing the first half with a 46-29 advantage. The Bears made 17-of-29 field goals in the opening half (58.6 percent) including 6-of-9 on 3's (67 percent). Green (14 pts, 5-9 FG, 3-6 3P) and Curry (13 pts, 4-5 FG, 2-2 3P) led the way.

Cal extended a 17-point halftime lead to 26 by the end of the third quarter by outscoring the Mustangs, 25-16. Curry (9) and Green (6) combined for 15 of the team's 25 points and strong free throw shooting (8-of-9) helped the Bears offset their worst shooting quarter from the floor (7-19, .368).

Cal Poly outscored Cal, 28-18, in the fourth quarter with the Bears' bench seeing the majority of the playing time in the quarter.

Cal will wrap up non-conference action Tuesday against Saint Mary's (1 pm PT, Cal Live Stream) before opening Pac-12 play at Washington State on New Year's Eve (7 pm PT).