Cal Defeats Oregon State in Final Home Game

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When the Cal women's basketball team lost to Oregon Thursday night, it seemed that their conference campaign couldn't get much worse. It seemed as if it would, however, on Saturday night, when the Bears (14-13, 7-10) trailed Oregon State (9-18, 2-14) 24-30.

"We fall apart on one end of the floor when things on the other end aren't going well," coach Joanne Boyle said of the Bears early game struggles.

The lead, which started with the Beavers 8-0 run in the game's first three minutes, wouldn't switch until there was about ten minutes remaining in the second period, when freshman Mikayla Lyles tied the game with a 3-pointer and Layshia Clarendon followed it with a fast break layup to take the lead. With just less than ten minutes remaining, Cal started playing the game their fans had come to see: a 58-49 victory over the Pac-10's worst team.

That lead switch was part of a 19-0 run that ended only when the Beavers managed a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining. At that point, however, the Bears still led, 52-42.

Cal contained much of Oregon State's scoring power during the second half. Junior guard Earlysia Marchbanks, who led the Beavers with 11 points at halftime was scoreless in the second period.

Layshia Clarendon led the Bears with 16 points, followed closely by Rachelle Federico's season-high 15 points in her senior game.

"It's like my own Disneyland fairytale," the senior said of having such a good game for her last match in Haas Pavilion.

Freshman Mikayla Lyles also helped finish the Bears' home season with a win, scoring 13 points. Three of her baskets were 3-pointers.

"When other people hit shots, it takes a lot of pressure off Layshia," Federico said.

The Bears final Pac-10 game is at No. 2 Stanford on Thursday night.


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

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