Third Quarter The Difference As Bears Fall To No. 2 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – The Cal women's basketball team played toe to toe with the second ranked team in the nation for 30 minutes. A lopsided third quarter was the difference as Stanford defeated the Golden Bears 97-74 Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
Cal (9-5, 0-3 Pac-12) got a career-night from freshman Jayda Curry who finished with a game-high 30 points. She was electric in the second quarter scoring 13 of her 30 points. Curry finished the night 7-for-17 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, she was also 12-for-14 from the free throw line.
Leilani McIntosh had a solid night as well, scoring a season-high 14 points. The Bears shot 44.2 percent from the field going 23-for-52. From beyond the arc, Cal shot 7-for-15. Fatou Samb led the Bears with five rebounds and had three points in her first start of the season.
Stanford (14-3, 5-0 Pac-12) finished with four players in double figures and was led by Haley Jones 26, she also had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Hannah Jump had 21, Francesca Belibi had 20, followed by Cameron Brink who had 12. Stanford shot 55.9 percent on the evening going 33-for-59, from beyond the arc the Cardinal was 8-for-18.
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the contest tied 42-42 at the intermission thanks to a stellar second quarter by the Bears, Stanford came out of the break and went on a 6-0 run early to seize the momentum. The Cardinal put the game away thanks to a 18-3 run midway through the third period.
A 31-point second quarter saw the Bears take control of the contest. Cal outscored the Cardinal 32-22 in the second half to erase a 10-point first quarter Stanford lead. A three by Curry with 1:39 to play in the half gave the Bears their only lead of the night, up 41-40.
On Sunday night the rivalry returns to Haas Pavilion when the Bears host Stanford at 4:00 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised on Pac-12 Network.
Curry becomes the first Cal player to score 30 or more in a game since Jaelyn Brown scored 30 against Arkansas on Nov. 24, 2019.
The 74 points by the Bears is the most they have scored at Maples Pavilion since January 14, 2006 when Cal fell 87-75.