Boyle Records Win No. 200 as Cal Tames 'Cats

Photo: Center Talia Caldwell was one of four Cal players to score in the double digits against Arizona. Caldwell scored 10 points, pulled down four rebounds and also had a block.
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Center Talia Caldwell was one of four Cal players to score in the double digits against Arizona. Caldwell scored 10 points, pulled down four rebounds and also had a block.

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Usually, it's easy to see a team's stars from looking at a scoreboard.

For example, just a glimpse of the Arizona women's basketball team's box score against Cal last night creates a obvious picture of the team's leaders. Ify Ibekwe and Davellyn Whyte split 42 of the Wildcats' 63 points.

The Bears' side of the scoreboard, however, seems to be an exception to the rule.

Among the six players that scored, four made it to double digits: DeNesha Stallworth, Layshia Clarendon, Lindsay Sherbert and Talia Caldwell. The other two scorers, Eliza Pierre and Afure Jemerigbe, notched nine points each.

Apparently, it pays off not to have just two stars dominating every game.

Cal defeated Arizona, 73-63, last night, making the arguably most impressive individual statistic of the game coach Joanne Boyle's 200th career win.

The Bears had almost no trouble putting the Wildcats away in their first match-up this season, an 80-60 victory at Haas Pavilion back on Jan. 8, and early on, it seemed this game would likewise be a blowout.

The Bears jumped out to a 9-0 lead on Thursday night. Arizona didn't see the scoreboard until Whyte's fifth minute layup, to which Sherbert responded with a three-pointer, putting Cal up by a score of 12-2.

After her first field goal, Ibekwe netted three free throws and a three-pointer. Though the game became a little more back-and-forth, the Bears' early lead ensured the contest never came within more than six points.

In the last three minutes of the first period, the Bears were up by 13 points. Ibekwe made a layup, and Whyte made the gap single digits with a three-pointer. Freshman forward Erica Barnes made a layup. With the score 28-34, Boyle called a 30-second timeout, and Cal returned to the court with five points to regain the double-digit lead.

The start of the second half saw Arizona matching the Bears nearly basket-for-basket. Yet their slow beginning in the first period still haunted the Wildcats, and Cal's lead consistently hovered around 10 points.

With three minutes remaining, a jumper by Stallworth, who had a double-double, gave the Bears a 17-point lead, and it seemed that they may be able to replicate the 20-point thrashing they gave the Wildcats at Haas Pavilion last month.

In spite of Cal's 72-55 lead, however, this was not the same game. The Bears managed to out-rebound Arizona 55-28 in their last match-up, a statistic it was clear the Wildcats intended to change.

"They'll probably try to keep us off the boards," Sherbert said prior to the match. "What we did well (last time, they'll) just take that away from us. We just have to do our thing."

Cal still posted 38 rebounds, but Arizona nearly matched it with 37, indicating a more competitive game from the Wildcats.

After Stallworth extended the gap to 17 points, Whyte made her final layup of the game, and Arizona took a 5-1 stretch against the Bears for the final score, 73-63.

The victory was the third straight road win for the Bears, who struggled on the road earlier this season. However, this win does not mean that wins outside of Berkeley are a sure thing.

Cal will face Arizona State, which is currently tied with the Bears and USC for third place, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. on Saturday.


Alex Matthews covers women's hoops. Contact her at [email protected]

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