At OSU thread.
We're down 1 at halftime, 33-32, w/two fouls each for Grey and Caldwell.
On senior day they're hustling much harder than us, and seem immune to our (risky) full court press. Beaver's zone D remains a mystery.
What's baffling is why we're not behind more.
Ah well, Coach G will find a way home.
Cal's defense won it for them the second half
When Cal stopped pressing and played man to man, things changed. That plus Afure's 3 pointers, and our free throw shooting were the main things.
Boy , we have to be better at defending the 3 when the other team only can shoot three's. We kept going underneath the ball screens. Duh! Who cares if they score a two.
Tough game but that knocks OSU for sure out of second place. Since we beat ASU, then we win in a tie. Only USC would beat us in a tie.
Congrats on a great road trip.
Oh Bears, always gotta make it exciting!
But a sweep on the road in the Pac-12 is great. Great way to bounce back and take care of business. And who is this team all of a sudden, hitting from outside? Go Foo!
And we were 11 of 12 (or 10 of 11, can't remember) on free-throws at one point.
Let's remove those rims from OSU and bring them home to Haas. We'll just borrow them for the next 3 games--the OSU women are on the road then anyway!
And Layshia had better get Pac-12 POW this week. She's really coming on at the end of the season, much like last year.
I don't if the Cal team changed its stripes or it was the state of Oregon...
For two consecutive games, Cal shot three point baskets and free throws like they knew what they were doing rather than being the team that resides in last place in the Pac 12 in both categories.
Until next week, I'll hope that the majority of the team has turned the corner on these disciplines. They always say "that shooting is contagious"...
I would like to compliment the Oregon State team that I witnessed play this afternoon. Five of the eight players that participated today are jucos. Seven of the eight players return except for their best player, E. Marchbanks. She is a 5'11" wing that played the bulk of the game inside against Genn Brandon. The Beaver star doubled Brandon in rebounds and almost doubled her in scoring (18-10). Impressive performance. Marchbanks scored 9 baskets and grabbed 10 rebounds! Oregon State outrebounded Cal by one in the 1st half. Their guards, Sage Idendi, Ali Gibson & Alyssa Martin form a triad of great three-point specialists, too. Although the Bears had superior athletes, this Beaver team gave Cal all that they could handle...Oregon State's coach should receive coach of the year and the Beavers are obviously the suprise team in the conference this season. GO BEARS!
Last edited by Schroeder71; 02-18-2012 at 03:55 PM.
True Blue Golden Bear
They should take 2 out of 3 at home, and play in the big dance and the number 2 seeded Pac 12 team. Good first year for LG.
Originally Posted by wvitbear
Marchbanks played well down here
She is a hard matchup for us. She can spread the court and go around our bigs.
Would agree on coach of the year.
One thing. We pressed the first half. It gave us dividends at first but when they solved it. The scored lay up after layup. Their shooting percentage was very high. And one reason they out rebounded us was there weren't many rebounds. But when we switched to half court defense, we really put the squeeze on them until the last 4 minutes. Then we out rebounded them significantly.
I second that. I no longer think of OSU as that adorable, scrappy little Cinderella team somewhere up there in Oregon. I hope the W looks carefully at Marchbanks. (Unlikely, I know, if their bloody 11-player roster continues.) She should at least have a good career overseas.
Originally Posted by Schroeder71
Yes, Rueck for COY. And, much as I love Boyd and Gray, I wouldn't be upset to see Gibson as ROY.
..I would be upset ...but I wouldn't be surprise....................
Originally Posted by BearBint
Elisa Pierre should be voted the most improved player...
She could not throw a rock in the ocean before this season and now she looks good most of the time shooting the ball. Yesterday, four Bears scored in double figures but two of them are not in the half dozen scorers on the team. Both Afure Jemerigbe & Elisa Pierre keyed the victory for Cal with 12 & 10 point contributions off of the bench, respectively. Afure hit four treys and three of them were aesthetically beautiful rainbow drops. The first banked in off of the backboard. Elisa knows how to drive to the basket but also can now pull up for a short range jumper likel Layshia Clarendon or pop an occasional three pointer. Elisa is a clutch player, too, often succeeding in crunch time.
Bottomline: the development of these two super athletic players on the offensive side could serve to expand their roles on the team (eight player rotation)...They always caused problems on defense because of their speed. GO BEARS!
Last edited by Schroeder71; 02-20-2012 at 11:01 AM.
Yep, I'd have to agree with you, Schroeder! It's great to see Fu starting to get back into the swing of things. She played well against USC, too. The key to almost winning that game and winning yesterday was Fu's presence on the court; her defense and her ability to box out helped a lot in both contests. If she can keep that 3 consistent and continue to make better decisions, she's really going to be a big factor.
And Eliza ... even when her shot doesn't fall this season, it looks good. Much much MUCH better. She doesn't have to shoot from 3; as long as she can hit those mid-range jumpers, she's going to be enough of a threat. Great shot selection for her and letting the game come to her. I thought she handled the ball well, too. Boyd struggled a little, so it is great to have her come in and score 10 and make some good plays.
It's weird this season, our post players seem to be missing a lot of bunnies, but the guards are really coming alive and able to hit jumpers, not just drives, which is unlike other Cal teams. Layshia really comes through when the game is on the line; I'd go out on a limb and say that she might be the most complete player in the Pac-12 at her position.
Shove over a wee bit, and I shall join you out there on that limb, BleacherBear. Layshia is GGG--generalist, general, and glue--and I'll be quite upset if she isn't named conference POW tomorrow.
Originally Posted by BleacherBear
True Blue Golden Bear
Agree on Pierre, and I think Cal's guard play in general has improved over last year.
Originally Posted by Schroeder71
Stanford sisters are in a league of their own.
Love your support for Cal players but the oldest Okifure (sic) will be player of year & if sister is in her first year she'll be rookie of year!
Huh? If you mean Nneka Ogwumike, I've no doubt she'll be POY. However, her sister Chiney is a sophomore now.
Originally Posted by DCW67MSW
Anyway, it would be interesting if Boyd and Gibson split the vote, and Reshanda ended up ROY.
Why is everyone ignoring Jasmine Davis as frosh of the year?
She is averaging almost 16 points a game which is more than any other frosh in the league and she is their point guard, I'm not saying she will win it but if a vote was taken right now she would be my choice. But it is very close and could change with a few games to go.