March 21, 2011
The California Golden Bears season came to an end in the second round ofthe Women's National Invitation Tournament where they were defeated by theColorado Buffaloes, 81-65, in Boulder.The Buffs began the game with red-hot shooting from the perimeter, makingfour three-pointers in the first ten minutes to take a 30-12 lead.Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon knocked an early 13 point lead back downto ten with a three pointer to make it 20-10. Clarendon stopped anotherBuffalo run with a pull-up jumper to make it a 28-12 game. Each timeClarendon stopped a run, Colorado immediately answered on the other end.The Bears had no answer for Colorado's Brittany Spears who dominated thefirst half, making seven of her first ten shots and scoring 17 points inthe first 15 minutes of the game. Brittany Wilson also put up doubledigits in the first half, going 3-for-3 from three-point range, scoring 12points. The two players helped their team score 50 first half points,going into the break with a 50-23 advantage.The Bears opened the second half with back-to-back bucket from Clarendon.Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert added a three-pointer to a Cal 10-3 run tostart the half, narrowing the gap to 20, 53-33. The Bears cut the deficitto 15, 59-44, after sophomore guard Eliza Pierre grabbed an offensiverebound after a missed three and hit a jumper from three feet in front ofthe basket to make it a 59-44 game with just over 10 minutes to play. Calcouldn't cut into the lead further with Colorado racing down the court andimmediately hitting a three. After Cal narrowed the game back to 16,Colorado had a three-point play (basket with a foul), followed by athree-pointer to push the lead back to 22, 68-46, with 8:45 to play.Cal used a pair of steals from Pierre to create scoring opportunities,getting back within 14, 67-53, only to have Colorado's Spears again hit athree-pointer.The Bears would not threaten again, though a three-pointer by Stallworthwith less than a minute to play did cut the lead to 14, 79-65. Coloradowill advance to face Wyoming in the third round of the WNIT.Layshia Clarendon scored 20 points, the third time in her last four gamesshe has scored 20 or more points. DeNesha Stallworth had 12 points. TaliaCaldwell scored 11 with 7 rebounds.Cal is now 12-8 in WNIT games (7-1 since 1998). Joanne Boyle is 12-3 inher career in the tournament including her two trips with the RichmondSpiders.The Bears finish their season with a 18-16 record.
Courtesy Cal Athletics media services