ASU 3-Pointer Crushes Bears

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For 39 minutes and 59-plus seconds, the Cal women's basketball team was in control on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Bears, games don't last 39 minutes, 59 seconds and change.

Arizona State's Deja Mann hit a 3-pointer with .01 seconds remaining to complete the comeback and defeat Cal, 45-44, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

The Bears (14-8, 6-5 in the Pac-10) led the entire game until the Sun Devils (14-7, 6-5) made back-to-back 3-pointers - first by Mann, then by Kimberly Brandon - to tie the game at 42.

Cal's sophomore point guard Layshia Clarendon sunk a pair of free throws to take back the lead after getting fouled at the other end. If Clarendon had ice water in her veins at the charity stripe, then Mann's veins were simply ice when she drained the ultimate bomb from deep less than a minute later.

It's ironic Arizona State won on a 3-pointer, because in the first half, the Sun Devils couldn't find the basket. Their 13 first half points was their smallest output of the season in either half. The squad shot 17.4 percent in the half, missing 11 of its 12 baskets from behind the arc.

Cal wasn't that much better, though, and clung to just a five-point lead at the break. After Mann, who totaled eight points in the contest, opened the second half with a jumper, the Bears went on an 11-2 run to break open the game. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert scored all five of her points during that stretch. She did pull down five boards in the game and helped Cal outrebound Arizona State, 33-30.

Sophomore power forward DeNesha Stallworth paced the Bears with 12 points and eight rebounds.


Jonathan Kuperberg covers women's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]

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