Slumping Bears Look to Duck Five-Game Losing Streak Tonight

With a Losing Streak in Tow, Cal Returns to Haas Pavilion To Face the Pac-10's Two Worst Teams, Oregon and Oregon St.

Photo: DeNesha Stallworth leads the Bears in scoring with 14.8 points per game. The sophomore power forward from Richmond, Calif., tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Cal's 80-67 loss to USC on Sunday.
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DeNesha Stallworth leads the Bears in scoring with 14.8 points per game. The sophomore power forward from Richmond, Calif., tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Cal's 80-67 loss to USC on Sunday.


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It's been exactly three weeks since the Cal women's basketball team last won a game but one wouldn't know it by looking at the team. The team has not made any substantial changes, preferring to stick to its game plan.

"We're not even thinking about the losing streak," sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon said. "We keep fighting, we can't go back."

After dropping two winnable games in Los Angeles - the Bears had previously beaten USC and was competitive with No. 11 UCLA - Cal seems to be in need of some home cooking. And the secret ingredient in that recipe might just be duck.

Cal takes on Oregon tonight at 7 p.m. at Haas pavilion before facing off against Oregon State on Saturday.

As bad as the Bears (14-12, 6-9 in the Pac-10) have been the last few weeks, the Ducks (12-13, 3-11) have been even worse. Oregon has lost seven in a row and has yet to win in the month of February. It still hasn't won a conference road game heading into tonight's tilt in Berkeley.

Earlier in the season, Cal torched the Ducks, 81-65. Nevertheless, the Bears are under no assumption that Oregon will go down easily.

"We don't look at them any differently," Clarendon said.

That's not to say Cal isn't confident about its chances.

The Ducks' starting point guard, Nia Jackson, has missed the last four games with a knee injury. The redshirt junior had been leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including points (17 per game) and assists (5.67 per game).

The Bears have been working on their transition defense - an achilles heel all season - to combat Oregon's run-and-gun offense. The Ducks average 78 points a game, over 13 more than Cal, and "like to get the ball out quick," according to Clarendon.

To combat Oregon's fast-paced style, the Bears will taking two players off the boards in order to get back on defense.

"We have the ability to blow the team out," Clarendon said.

In fact, Cal already has. Facing a two-point halftime deficit, the Bears obliterated the Ducks in the second half in Eugene, Ore. Clarendon was one of five Cal players to finish with double figure scoring in the Jan. 29 victory. The San Bernardino, Calif., native had 19 points and seven rebounds in the contest.

She wasn't the star of the show, though.

Oregon's Amanda Johnson led all scorers with 26 points. The junior forward's 18 first-half points were the prime reason for her team's lead at the break. She averages 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and, at 6-foot-2, can stretch the floor. Johnson has more 3-pointers than any of her teammates.

"She's a focus," Clarendon said. "We might put a guard on her ... (she's) too quick for our post."

While Johnson will pull the Bears' big away from the basket, they might want to stay there against Oregon State (9-16, 2-12) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Beavers' senior forward, El Sara Greer, is formidable around the basket. She ranks eighth in the country with 3.24 blocks per game and pulls down 8.6 boards a game, half of them on the offensive end.

Greer has helped lead Oregon State's resurgence. After losing their first conference games, the Beavers have won of their last four, the most recent being a 61-59 victory over the Ducks. Greer had a double double in the contest with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Tags: CAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, DENESHA STALLWORTH, JOANNE BOYLE


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



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