No. 19 Kansas Falls at No. 8 Cal, 88-79
Dec. 22, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. – Senior Angel Goodrich was one of four players in double-digits with 21 points, but No. 19-ranked Kansas could never get over the hump once No. 8-ranked California took the lead in an 88-79 loss at Walter A Haas Jr. Pavilion Friday night in a non-conference top-25 tilt.
“Watching (Cal) on film and seeing them in person, it is who they have been all year,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Our post defense was poor and our defense keeping the ball from getting inside was just as bad. When you play a team of this caliber on the road you have to survive their runs and answer them with your own.”
Kansas (9-2) jumped out to a 8-4 lead, behind a pair of threes by Natalie Knight. Cal (9-1) responded with an 11-0 run to take a 15-8 edge, but the Jayhawks stormed back to tie the game, 19-19, thanks to six points from Carolyn Davis. The game was tight until the final two minutes of the half and Cal pulled away, 42-35, at the intermission.
Layshia Clarendon led the way for the Golden Bears with 16 first-half points, while Davis posted 11 to lead KU in the game’s first 20 minutes. Both teams shot over 51 percent in the opening frame and Kansas was 4-for-6 (.667) on threes.
To open the second half, Monica Engelman sparked the Kansas offense and the Jayhawks nearly erased the halftime deficit and trailed, 46-44. However, Cal used a 7-2 run and led 53-46 with 15:43 on the clock. Every time Kansas got close, Cal would push the lead back to six or seven points.
Cal took its largest lead of the contest, 78-69, at the 4:34 mark, but in the final minute the Golden Bears increased their lead to 12 at 88-76 with 22 seconds left. Goodrich tossed in 14 of her 21 points in the second half to lead Kansas. Davis finished with 16, Knight added 13 and Gardner chipped in 12.
Clarendon ended the game with a season-best 28 points, while Cal’s Gennifer Brandon scored 14 second-half points and finished with 17. Cal had three other players in double-digit scoring.
Kansas will now have 11 days off until its next game, when the Jayhawks open Big 12 Conference play and host in-state rival Kansas State on Jan. 2.
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