January 13, 2013

The Bears crush the Cardinal

After Cal's loss to Stanford on Tuesday, Cal coach Lindsey Gottlieb said she had, "no doubt that the players in our locker room will use this to get better." The Bears did just that and thoroughly thumped the Cardinal today, 67-55.

Cal's outstanding defense held Stanford to 35% shooting and forced 16 turnovers off which they scored 13 points. In trying to cope, the Cardinal were called for 24 fouls — the Bears focussed on their free throw shooting today and made 75% of their attempts for 23 more points.

Stanford's defense did hold Cal to just under 30% shooting, but the Bears took ten more shots than the Cardinal, and they made six of 16 from beyond the arc — four of them by reserve guard Mikayla Lyles, who matched her career high with 14 points.

Chiney led the Cardinal scoring today, as she usually does, with 18 points. Toni added 12 and Amber nine.

Amy Tucker was asked at the postgame meeting what Cal did today that was so effective. She said that, in many ways, the Cardinal are their own worst enemy right now. They have to be more aggressive and more physical, box out and get rebounds. They have to do a better job of screening to get shooters open — if you don't do that, it puts a lot of pressure on post play, and Chiney can't do it alone.

When asked her opinion of the officiating, Amy said, "You know I can't answer that," then added, "That's not what decided the game."

She concluded, "We have a lot to work on — and we will."

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

A gallery of photos by Don Feria (Stanford Photo),

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