Stanford 62, Cal 53. But the game could have gone either way right up to the last few minutes.
Cal had the edge all through the first half. They held a 1-6 point lead until two minutes before the break when Toni tied the score with a layup (assist Chiney).Then Layshia Clarendon made two free throws, Jos scored a layup on a fast break (assist Taylor) — fifth tie of the game. Cal finished the first half with a fine flourish in the last three seconds as Brittany Boyd stole the ball and flipped it to Layshia Clarendon, who flipped it back to Boyd, who dashed the length of the court and made a layup.
Whew! Cal fans were exuberant. Everyone was exhausted.
The second half was even closer, with Cal playing catch-up to a 1-3 point Cardinal lead. With almost nine minutes left to play, the score was tied for the 13th (and last) time. Then Chiney began what turned out to be an 11-1 run with a steal and a layup. Cardinal fans didn't breath easily until Chiney increased the Cardinal lead to 10 with about three minutes left to play.
Much about the game was as expected:
- The Bears' defense was awesome. They out-rebounded the Cardinal 45-31, with 21-5 O-boards
- The game was very competitive and there were a lot of fouls called (fairly for the most part, I think) — 18 by the Cardinal, 16 by the Bears.
- The Bears made just 62% of their 21 free throws. Unexpected and disappointing: The Cardinal made just 56% of their 18 attempts.
- Neither team found success outside the paint. The Bears made a miserable two of 21 3-point attempts. The Cardinal was even worse — zero of eight.
In the end, the Cardinal's superior offense triumphed over the Bears' superior defense. The Cardinal made 51% of their shots, the Bears made 30.2%. Not counting the deplorable 3-point attempts by both teams, it was 60.5% - 40.5%.
The Cardinal needed every bit of effort from everyone on the team to win this battle, but these had the most impact.
She had the "Assist of the Game": On an inbound from the sideline almost halfway down the court with two seconds on the shot clock, she banked the ball off the backboard right into Chiney's hands. Awesome!
Mikaela had five points, five rebounds and a block.
Bonnie didn't score, but had a rebound, an assist and a block.
Taylor scored one point on a free throw and had one rebound, an assist and a steal.
Here are game reports and commentary:
- No. 5 Stanford Tops No. 7 Cal, 62-53 by the Associated Press
- Stanford toughs out win over Cal by Michelle Smith (espnW)
- Stanford women defeat Cal 62-53 by Elliott Almond (Mercury News), includes a photo gallery
- Stanford women prevail at Cal by John Crumpacker (San Francisco Chronicle), includes a photo gallery
- Ogwumike, Stanford avoid hoops upset by Palo Alto Online
- No. 5 Stanford women beat No. 7 Cal despite getting clobbered on the boards by Jake Curtis
- WBB: Stanford 62 kal 53 from the CARDboard
- Three reasons that Stanford won Game One of the Battle of the Bay by Nate Parham (Swish Appeal)
And photos by Ben Margot (Associated Press):