Nov. 27, 2010
BERKELEY, CA - Layshia Clarendon scored a game-high 20 points and host California shot just under 54 percent from the field, leading the Golden Bears to a 74-62 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the opening game of the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, CA, on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Lyndsey Grove scored a team-high 18 points -- 13 of those in the second half -- for the Titans (3-3 overall), who suffered their second consecutive loss, but were within two points of the Pacific-10 Conference power with just under five minutes to play before Cal pulled away with a 14-4 run to close out the game.
Sophomore Mya Olivier also finished in double figures with 10 points, but Fullerton could not overcome a cold shooting first half as it hit just 26 percent from the field in the opening period and finished shooting just 37.5 percent for the game.
California (4-1), receiving votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, hit a very efficient 30-of-56 from the floor for the game, including a 62 percent (16-for-26) clip in the second half during which the Titans played even with the Golden Bears, both teams scoring 40 points apiece.
DeNesha Stallworth finished with 19 points and Talia Caldwell added 17 points for California, which also held a 40-20 advantage on the boards and outscored the Titans, 54-24, in the paint.
The Golden Bears led wire-to-wire, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half before Fullerton rallied with an 8-0 run to close to within 24-20 with 3:37 to play in the period. That's when Caldwell caught fire, finishing with seven points during Cal's half-ending 10-2 run en route to its 12-point lead.
Cal's run continued into the second half, scoring the first six points of the period and holding a double-digit lead for most of the half before the Titans began chipping away. Trailing by 15 points midway through the half, Fullerton's offense began to click, using a 15-2 run -- including seven points by Grove and a pair of three-pointers from Lauren Chow -- to pull to within 60-58.
That would be as close as the Titans would get, however, as Stallworth scored back-to-back baskets inside and finished with eight of the Golden Bears' final 14 points to ice the contest as Fullerton finished 0-for-5 from the field in the final four minutes.
Tournament play concludes Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. as the Titans take on Tulane in the consolation game after the Green Wave fell 74-62 to Portland State in the second game on Saturday.