Jan. 8, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball fell to the California Golden Bears, 80-60, at Berkeley's Haas Pavilion on Saturday. The Wildcats now sit at 11-4 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears move to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 play.
"Obviously, this is a disappointing loss for us," head coach Niya Butts said. "I think we carried some of our play from the Stanford game into today. You have to give a lot of credit to Cal. They played tough and they rebounded the ball well. We didn't push enough in transition and we didn't rebound the ball well. That's why we didn't come away with a win."
With her fifth double-double of the season, senior forward Ify Ibekwe had 12 points and 15 boards, including eight defensively. Sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte led all scorers with 23 points, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, one steal and handed out two assists.
The first half opened with an 8-0 run by the Golden Bears. Arizona answered with their own 8-0 run but couldn't muster much of an offense after that point. The Wildcats were 12-of-41 (29.3 percent) in the first half compared to Cal's 53.6 percent (15-of-28). The Golden Bears also made 8-of-12 free throws while Arizona didn't make one trip to the charity stripe. Halftime came with a score of 42-26 in favor of Cal and the Bears also out-rebounded the Cats, 27-16.
The second half continued on much like the first with Cal's sharp shooting and Arizona's struggles on offense. The Wildcats did keep the turnovers to a minimum with just eight for the game. Cal, however, out-rebounded Arizona, 55-28, overall.
For Cal, Lindsay Sherbert was the leading scorer with 20 points, including six three-point baskets. Talia Caldwell led at the glass with 18 rebounds and Rama N'diaye had 11. The Bears had five players score in double digits.
Arizona's usual starting five again got the nod on Saturday: junior guard Shanita Arnold, senior forward Ify Ibekwe, junior guard Brooke Jackson, senior forward Soana Lucet and junior Davellyn Whyte. Junior guard Reiko Thomas saw the most minutes off the bench with 22. She pitched in with four points and one rebound.
Arizona will play next at Arizona State, Sun., Jan. 16 at 3 p.m.
Niya Butts postgame California.