Cal Loses to UCLA in Pac-10 Semifinal

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The Cal women's basketball team fell to No. 7 UCLA, 50-63, Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament. The Bruins and Stanford dominated the conference this year, and will be playing tomorrow in the championship match.

The game started with an 11-1 run for the Bruins; The Bears' Afure Jemerigbe had the first field goal about four minutes into the first half. Jemerigbe tied her career-high 17 points, but even her standout performance wasn't enough to contest the inevitability that Cal's top-10 opponent would be playing in the Pac-10 Championship.

It didn't help the Bears (17-15) that UCLA (27-3) sophomore Atonye Nyingifa hit her season high with 17 points as well on top of her nine rebounds.

With wins over third seed Arizona State and seventh seed Washington in the past two days, Cal had made a comeback from the abysmal 2-7 run that was the second half of their conference campaign.

Layshia Clarendon, who was huge for Cal's offense in their first two tournament games, scored just two points against UCLA. According to coach Joann Boyle and Jemerigbe it was the Bruins' high-pressure defense that shut down Cal's scoring.

"We hid behind a lot of the UCLA players, and we forced Layshia to handle the ball the whole time, and it's tough," Jemerigbe said. "That's where we lacked."

Though the Bruins' Jasmine Dixon, who scores over 12 points per game on average, only scored four points during the game. UCLA's well-rounded offense managed to pick up the slack, however. In addition to Nyingifa, Darxia Morris and Doreena Campbell also scored in double-digits with 14 and 12 points respectively.

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

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