AT THE HALF

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers leads Cal 30-20 at the half.

The first half was a half just like many others I have witnessed here at the RAC at the State University of New Jersey.

Defense. Defense. There was some defense played. And Rutgers played a lot of defense.

Holding Cal to about 30 percent shooting, the Scarlet Knights got a great half from senior guard Matee Ajavon, who heated up late in the half to the tune of 10 points and was all over the place defensively, making steals and getting rebounds and put backs.

Also playing well for Rutgers, and a bit of a surprise, Brittany Ray hit two monster threes en route to eight first-half points.

Junior center Kia Vaughn, who has struggled at times this season scoring and rebounding, is only struggling in one of those categories. Although she only has three points, the 6-foot-4 All-American candidate does have 10 boards.

Leading the way for Cal is backup - although she started tonight - center 6-foot-5 sophomore Rama N'diaye, who showed excellent range early, knocking down a shot from beyond the free throw stripe and finished the half with six points.

Devanei Hampton, playing in her second game back from injury, hit the first and last shots of the half for Cal and finished with four, looking unsure of herself at times.

The story was that defense - mentioned above - as the Scarlet Knights completely dominated the pace of play and had Cal scrambling into making bad entry passes and forcing the ball down low to covered bigs.

Expect more of the same in the second half. If Cal doesn't get back to playing the inspired upbeat style they showcased in the first few minutes of this one, they will be in trouble of getting blown out of New Jersey.

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