March 11, 2008

Pac-10 All-Touranment Team

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Here are the members of the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament Team:

All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player -- Candice Wiggins, Stanford (her second consecutive honor)

Dymond Simon, Arizona State
Jayne Appel, Stanford
Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
Taylor Lilley, Oregon
Devanei Hampton, California

That's it for me from San Jose!

Cardinal Rule

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- What was supposed to be a battle for the Bay Area in tonight's Pac-10 Championship Game ended up being no contest as Stanford handily beat Cal, 56-35.

Stanford is now not only the Pac-10 regular season champion, but als the conference tournament champion for the fifth time in the seven years the conference tournament has been played.

"I"m really proud of our team as our whole team has worked hard for this tournament and knew that Cal would give us a great game," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "We were a little bit more rested and more of the aggressor today."

Tonight's game was close for a little bit more than three minutes as Stanford only led by eight points. Yet with Stanford having the hot hands from all over the court, Cal never had a chance.

"Just disappointed in the outcome of the game and how we performed," said Cal coach Joanne Boyle. "I give total credit to Stanford. They are playing some great basketball right now and we just didn't compete tonight. I'm sure there are a lot of reasons and we can analyze the film, but I'm disappointed in the outcome."

Wiggins led all Stanford players with her 30 points and was followed by Kayla Pedersen's 13 points. Appel -- who set a new Pac-10 Tournament record with 12 blocks -- led the Cardinal on the boards with 14 rebounds.

Unfortunately for Cal, it just wasn't a good night to be a Golden Bear. The Bears shot 26.8% for the game from the field, 17.6% from three-point land and 33.3% from the free throw line. Leading scorers for the game were Alexis Gray-Lawson, Kelsey Adrian and Rama D'diaye wil six points each.

"You always think the shots are going to fall and then sometimes you just have a bad half," said Boyle. "In the first half they just got everything, including the tough shots. I racked my brain trying to figure out what to do to put ourselves in a position to score and it just did not happen."

There is a week to wait before Selection Monday, but Stanford being a No. 1 seed and in the Spokane Regional is a strong possibility. In addition, look for Cal and possibly Arizona State to also represent the Pac-10 as March Madness continues.

"I do," said VanDeveer when asked if she thought her team was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Stay tuned, All-Tournament Team to come.

Cardinal Sins

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Vatican announced today the addition of new sinful behaviors. These new behaviors include drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social and economic injustices.

After this weekend I think that the Stanford women's basketball team is going to add at least one new sin of their own -- you must show up to play. After yesterday's and today's Stanford games, if an opposing team does not show up to play then they will face the wrath of Wiggins and company. Personally, running lines never looked so easy compared to having to play against Stanford when they are in a zone.

Cal continues to look beat. Stanford on the other hand is barely breaking a sweat.

Stay tuned...

Cal 31
Stanford 56

Time: 3:40

March 10, 2008

Sensory Overload

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This is the only way to describe so many aspects of this game.

First, I got a behind-the-scenes look at the Fox Sports Network production truck during Stanford's blistering 21-7 run since half time. The bank of TVs used to produce this game is a dream if you have attention deficit disorder. I just wondered if they had TiVo in the truck.

Second, I got up close and personal with one of the many San Jose Shark mobiles they have stored in the back area of the HP Pavilion and had a flashback to the first time I saw Jaws. I actually still have nightmares of that movie to this day.

Next, if you are a Stanford fan (Choops, are you watching AND reading my blog!!!) then it's hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store as Stanford is crushing Cal from just about every aspect of the game.

Stay tuned...

Cal 22
Stanford 50

Time: 8:58

The Better Half

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Was had by Stanford during the first half of this game.

The Cardinal did just about everything right as they poured it on against Cal.

Stanford shot 43.8% from the field and 50% from three-point land. Wiggins accounted for more than half of Stanford's 36 points with her 19 points.

Cal on the other hand, well, they are probably wishing they were home watching How I Met Your Mother right about now. The Bears are only shooting 19.4% from the field and their two leading scorers - Gray-Lawson and Rama N'diaye -- have four points each.

Stay tuned...

Cal 15
Stanford 36

Bear-ly Making It

There's less than four minutes left in the first half and Cal may be crawling to the finish line at the end of the game tonight.

The Bears are being humiliated in their backyard as Stanford is piling on the points in this first half. Granted that Cal is struggling with their shots and not getting second chance shots as they are being out-rebounded, but it's no longer interesting.

Stay tuned...

Cal 8
Stanford 31

Time: 3:53

Tournament Record Falls

We have our first tournament record fall for the night as Appel just recorded her ninth block of the tournament.

The last player to set the block record was Stanford Alum Kristen Newlin who had eight.

There's still time to see if Wiggins will set any new records tonight.

Stay tuned...

Cal 6
Stanford 21

Game Time!

We are moments away from the starting tip of the championship final and with the number of Stanford fans out-numbering the Cal fans about 30-1, I feel like I am at a Stanford home game instead of being at a neutral site.

Here are your starting line ups for tonight's game:

Cal Bears
Ashley Walker - F/C
Devanei Hampton - F/C
Natash Vital - G
Lauren Greif - G
Alexis Gray-Lawson - G

Stanford Cardinal
Candice Wiggins - G
Kayla Pedersen - F
Jayne Appel - F/C
JJ Hones - G
Roslyn Gold-Onwude - G

Stanford vs. Cal -- Round III

SAN JOSE, Calif -- Good evening and welcome to the Championship Game of the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament also known as the Battle of the Bay III!

Considering that as of now, this is the last year that the Pac-10 women's tournament will be held here in the HP Pavilion, it's a fitting tribute that the two local Pac-10 schools and the No. 1 and No. 2 tournament seeds will be playing for the title tonight.

Top seed and No. 4 ranked Stanford (29-3, 16-2 Pac-10) comes in as the Pac-10 regular season champions, four-time conference tournament champions and are favored to win tonight. In addition to win giving the Cardinal the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Pac-10, it will also give Stanford a perfect 3-0 record against Cal this season.

Why is Stanford so hot? Here's why:

Candice Wiggins
She's one of the elite in women's college basketball and has the numbers to prove it. First, she leads the Pac-10 in career points Cardinal in points (18.9 ppg), assists (97) and steals (68), so she knows how to share the ball nicely with the other kids. Probably every coach in the Pac-10 except one is happy that this is her last Pac-10 game.

Jayne Appel
Only a sophomore and one of the go-to players for the Cardinal. Appel was the 2007 Freshman of the Year and is not anywhere close to have a slump during her second season. With team-bests in blocks (75), rebounds (8.6 rpg) and other notable stats of 83 assists and 14.5 ppg (second behind Wiggins), Appel is not as sweet as she looks during game time.

Kayla Pedersen
Pederson is just the latest member of the Stanford program to earn 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and as the team's third best scorer (12.8 ppg), the torch is being passed to her to uphold Cardinal Law in the Pac-10 for the next three years.

After these three, you have your pick of talented players from the Stanford roster. Whether it's sophomore Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, senior Cissy Pierce, Sophomore JJ Hones or junior Jillian Harmon, Stanford has a deep bench that can be deadly for opponents.

The No. 8 ranked Golden Bears (26-5, 15-3 Pac-10) are not too shabby either. After all, they have their own roster full of talent that has nothing to lose tonight. Instead, Cal has an opportunity to claim a conference tournament title to help ease the pain of losing their share of the conference title when they dropped their final regular season game at Washington, 66-74.

Here's a look at what has made Cal so hot this season:

Devanei Hampton
At 6-foot-3, she is the anchor of the action in the paint for Cal and quite a force to be wreckon with. Hampton averages 14 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. She is the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year and is finding her way to award watch lists left and right.

Ashley Walker
As the team's leader in points (15.4 per game), rebounds (9.3) and blocks (45), she will be counted on to perform tonight. She's not the tallest of Cal's trees in the middle at 6-foot-1 but she has a big time game that frustrates opponents.

Alexis Gray-Lawson
She's only 5-foot-8, but as the team's third-best scorer (11.8 ppg) she is a main contributor to this team's success.

Rounding out the starting five are sophomores Natasha Vital (8 ppg) and Lauren Greif (6.1 ppg) who don't get banged around down low, but do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to bringing the ball down the court and feeding the posts down low.

With tonight's game involving both local Pac-10 schools that are ranked in the Top 10, we should see some good hoops and have a good crowd in attendance.

Stay tuned, we start at 7:30 pm PT.

March 09, 2008

Bears 3, Sun Devils 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With a 65-61 semifinal win, 3-0 is the final score of the meetings between Cal and ASU for the 2007-08 season.

After shaking of an slight ASU lead at the half, Cal came into the second half and opened up a shooting assault on the Sun Devils to take a comanding lead. With as much as ASU tried to fight back and stay in the game with a 14-6 run in the final four minutes of the game, Cal was able to hold on to secure the win.

"I'm just so proud of my team as this was one of those hard fought games that you play in March," said Cal coach Joanne Boyle. "To have two of them back-to-back, we are fortunate to have come out on top and looking forward to sitting in the stands and being able to watch as the first team to get to the championship game."

Cal got hot in the second half with their 46.2% shooting to help them be the first team in tomorrow nights championship game.

Leading all scorers for Cal was Hampton with 19 points and 16 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. In addition, VItal shipped in with 14 points and three rebounds and Walker rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points and 10 rebound for her 13th double-double of the season (leading the Pac-10) in a highly physical game.

"There were times for Ashley and I when it was pretty hard down there, but we love the contact and the physical play," said Cal's Hampton.

ASU had the hot hands during the first half with their 48% shooting, but had too many problems connecting with the bottom of the net in the second half and shot a mere 32.3% from the field.

"We struggled to score in the second half and Cal did a great job in coming out and establishing their inside game more effectively," said ASU coach Thorne. "We got away from doing things we wanted to do defensively and the combination of those things led to our demise."

ASU was led by Simon's 22 points. January finished with 15 of her own and Noe capped off the ASU double-digit scorers with 11 points.

Stay tuned, our second semifinal game of the day between Stanford and UCLA is under way as Stanford is slowing building their lead with a15-8 run in the first half.

Welcome to Full Contact Basketball!

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Whoever does not think that women's college basketball is not a full contact sport should be watching this game.

ASU's Jill Noe was chasing down a bad pass between two Cal players when she took a tumble on the floor with Cal's Lauren Greif. As Noe tipped the ball to ASU's January, while on a fast break, who got tangled up with Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson.

I give ASU bonus points for style and grace during each rumble while Cal gets bonus points on the technical side.

Cal is running away with this game, 59-43, while ASU continues to get cold in their shooting.

Stay tuned...

Cal 59
ASU 43
Time: 5:11

Dymond Day!

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- No, I do not have a typo in my title.

ASU's Dymond Simon, who is playing this year after sitting out last season with a torn ACL, is tearing up the net. She's now got 10 points trying her best to help her team cut into Cal's ever growing lead, a lead that is at an all time high of 12 points.

Stay tuned...
Cal 53
ASU 41

Time: 9:20

Feeling warm?

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- If you are on the Cal team than yes, you should be feeling warm in the home of the San Jose Sharks.

First off, it is cold in here. I realize that there is ice below us for the hockey rink that helps this facility be used through every indoor sports season, but even with a jacket on, I'm resorting to hot liquids in the form of coffee and tea to stay warm.

Second, Cal has come out playing with some fire. The Golden Bears are building on their lead with 4-of-7 shooting from the field and appearing to be too hot to handle for the Sun Devils.

Stay tuned...

Cal 43
ASU36

Time:14:40

There went the lead!

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- We are less than two minutes into the second half and Cal has come out ready to play with a 4-0 run to recaputre the lead.

Stay tuned...

Cal 37
ASU 34

Time: 18:39

Taking the lead

With 4.8 seconds left in the half, ASU's Jill Noe said 'No more lead Cal!' by sinking both of her free throws to give the Sun Devils a one-point lead heading into the half.

Cal's Hampton did not break the rebounding record for the Pac-10 tournament (at least not in this first half), but she'll get another chance in the second half.

Noteable stats from the first half include Hampton's 13 rebounds and Vital's 11 points. However it is their dismal 28.6% shooting from the field that is helping Hampton and her teammates (27 total) grab so many boards.

For ASU January is leading the team with 11 points. The Sun Devils have 14 total boards as a team, so if Hampton had grabbed one more board, she would have been doing the work of the 11 players on ASU.

Stay tuned...

Cal 33
ASU 34

Record Breaking Moment?

We're counting down the rebounds for Cal's Hampton as she currently has 13 boards for the half and the tournament record is 14 in a half.

She's on the bench catching her breath, but stay tuned as we could see a tournament record fall when she returns to the game.

Stay tuned...
Cal 29
ASU 25

Time: 1:39

Bring on January!

ASU has just cut deeper into Cal's lead thanks to a three-point shot just made by Briann January.

Ms. January has accounted for eight of the Sun Devils 25 points which has included some big time three-point shots.

ASU just did a mass substitution by replacing the entire lineup, so we'll see if some fresh feet on the court can help the Sun Devils take over the lead.

Stay tuned...

Cal 27
ASU 25

Time: 3:49

Man-o-man!

Cal is playing a tight man defense on ASU, so the Sun Devils are having, well, a devil of a time getting shots off, but that didn't just stop ASU's Noe from launching a three that is helping keep the game close.

Stay tuned...

Cal 17
ASU 12

Time: 11:33

First Five

We are at our first media time out with the score at 8-7 Cal with 15:27 on the clock.

In these first five minutes Cal's Hampton has grabbed five rebounds and doubled her made free throws from yesterday's game (she hit 1-of-10). Of course she has is having trouble making her shot from two feet from the basket, so Hampton may wish she was actually in the Hamptons instead of being here.

Stay tuned...

Starting up!

Clock updated, Check!

Coffee in hand, Check!

Starters announced, Checking...

Here are your starters for today's first semifinal game:

ASU
Sybil Dosty - C
Lauren Lacey - F
Reagan Pariseau - G
Briann January - G
Jill Noe - G

Cal
Devanei Hampton - F/C
Natasha Vital - G
Lauren Greif - G
Ashley Walker - F/C
Alexis Gray-Lawson - G

Stay tuned...

Springing into the semifinals

Good morning from lovely San Jose, Ca, and the Pac-10 women's tournament!

It's a picturesque day outside where it is bright, clear and crisp on this first day of daylight savings time (did you remember to spring forward???). After an early morning flight, I am inside the HP Pavilion where I will be blogging about all of the action from today's semifinals.

First up, it's No. 3 seed Arizona State (21-9, 14-4 Pac-10) taking on Bay Area favorite No. 2 seed Cal (25-5, 15-3) at high noon today.

The Sun Devils are riding high into today's game on a five-game winning streak, which is also their longest of the season. Coach Charli Turner Thorne's Devils are here after a convincing 83-64 win over Washington in one of yesterday's quarterfinal games. All five of ASU's starters scored in double figures in that win and were led by 6-foot-3 junior Sybil Dosty's 17 points.

ASU may be the underdog in this first game of the day, but if they can get everyone firing on all cylinders today and catch Cal not playing a full 40 minute game again, ASU could find themselves in their second consecutive Pac-10 tournament championship.

Cal on the other hand would love nothing more than to represent the Bay Area in tomorrow's championship final. Before Cal thinks about tomorrow, they need to use the experience of their quarterfinal game to get through a pesky Sun Devil team. The Golden Bears edged out Oregon 67-60 yesterday by fending off the Ducks who came within three (57-54) with 1:30 left in the game. Thanks to solid shooting from the free throw line (10-of-12), Cal was able to stay alive.

Leading Cal into today's game is 6-foot-3 junior Devanei Hampton, 6-foot-1 junior Ashley Walker and 5-foot-8 junior Alexis Gray-Lawson. Another player to keep an eye on is 5-foot-8 sophomore Natasha Vital who almost had a triple-double yesterday with her 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

There's 45 minutes before we start, so stay tuned!

December 10, 2007

DID THEY WIN OR LOSE?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Where do you draw the line between Rutgers winning tonight's game at the Rutgers Athletic Center and the California Golden Bears losing it?

To start each half, the Bears started hot, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first and outscoring the Scarlet Knights 16-7 to open the second. Cal, who falls to 8-2 on the season, even started the second half shooting 8-for-10 from the field.

Rutgers went into the half up 30-20, and Cal came all the way back to take a lead after shooting 80 percent to start the second. The Bears showed fight, heart and determination. But that didn't make up for all the missed shots.

What started at 80 percent plummeted to 42.9 percent as the Bears finished the night making just four of their final 18 shots to lose the game 56-51 in front of 2,911 screaming Rutgers fans.

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RUTGERS PULLS IT OUT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Cal Bears missed out on a big opportunity tonight at the Rutgers Athletic Center, finishing the game on a 4-for-15 run after starting the second half hot and losing to the No. 6 Scarlet Knights, 56-51 in front of 2,911 fans.

Cal falls to 8-2 with the loss and Rutgers moves to 7-2.

BACK FOR MORE WITH POSTGAME RECAP AND QUOTES...

HOME STRETCH RUN

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - An Alexis Gray-Lawson three just made the score 47-45 Rutgers with 6:30 to play. Before that, it looked like Rutgers would be able to coast to victory paced by their strong D.

Give Cal a lot of credit. They are scrappy, they play tough and they have some excellent talent on the floor. A 100 percent healthy Devanei Hampton and I am not sure Rutgers would have a two-point lead right now.

Kia Vaughn has woken up offensively for Rutgers and now has a double-double to help the Knights gain back the lead after Cal had taken it shortly. With 6:00 to play, coach Stringer pulled Vaughn for a breather. One has to wonder if this isn't the wrong time, but Vaughn needs a bit of a rest anyway.

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RUTGERS MISSING ESSENCE

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - With 11:59 to play, the score is Cal 40, Rutgers 39.

Looks like we might get a close finish tonight afterall.

For Rutgers, their problems might be stemmed from finding Essence Carson. The senior forward is playing, but not like her usual self. She has three fouls to go with two points and two rebounds on 1-for-8 shooting. Ouch.

On the other side of the ball, Ashley Walker, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder is doing what her Bears teammates expect of her. Namely 13 points, because she only has three boards. Walker looks very athletic for someone standing 6-foot-1 and playing the post. She has beautiful Crystal Langhorne-like footwork down low.

CAL HEATING UP

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Cal team that started the first half is back at the beginning of the second.

All of a sudden, the Bears are putting up baskets in bunches, going on a 14-5 run to start the half.

Ashley Walker and Lauren Greif, who hit a three, have been the big second-half contributors thus far and it just seems that to start each half Cal has had some extra bounce in its step.

Hopefully for them, they don't lose it again and let the Scarlet Knights go on another run, because at 35-34 with 15:48 to play, this has gotten good again.

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.

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HOLLA AJAVON

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Amidst a 14-0 Rutgers run, this is quickly looking like the type of game everyone here at the RAC expected.

The Cal Bears jumped out to a 6-0 lead with Rutgers starters out, and built upon it shortly after they returned. But once they hit their stride, boy did they hit it hard.

Matee Ajavon has been everywhere, getting offensive rebounds, put backs, and ones, you name it. The senior has 10 points, sophomore Brittany Ray has two threes for a total of eight points and Rutgers leads 24-12 with 7 minutes to play in the half.

RAY OF SUNSHINE

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Halftime score 20-16? Brittany Ray does her best Lee Corso impression, saying, "Not so fast."

Ray hit back-to-back baskets, including a corner three, followed by a layup and the foul by Matee Ajavon and the Scarlet Knights now lead 18-12 with 8:29 left to play.

Now we are on pace for a much more obese score at the break. Maybe something like 28-22.

ON PACE

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - At the 10 minute mark, the score is 10-8 Cal.

That means we are looking at a possible 20-16 halftime score.

Yes, this is a sure fire Rutgers contest folks. And even though the Bears hold the small advantage and look very solid right now, the Knights will find their rhythm if Cal continues to let them dictate pace of play.

RUTGERS STYLE

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - With the normal starters sitting on the bench, No. 11 Cal got out to a quick 6-0 run. Rama N'diaye, who has done a fantastic job in the absence of Devanei Hampton, Hampton herself and Ashley Walker all scored for the Bears.

The crowd yelled for the starters. C. Viv delivered and there was a line change at the RAC, but not before a Katie Adams three cut Cal's lead in half.

Thus far, even with the reserves in, this is a Rutgers style game. Slow, steady, defense and few baskets.

DEVANEI HAMPTON

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Pac-10 Player of the Year last season, Devanei Hampton, is playing in just her second game back from right knee surgery.

After playing just 12 minutes in the first, I found out you can pretty much expect the same minute total tonight, meaning Cal will have to rely on Ashley Walker again.

For Rutgers, this is the second game in a row C. Vivian Stringer has decided to start her reserve lineup of Katie Adams, Rashidat Junaid, Heather Zurich, Myia McCurdy and freshman Khadijah Rushdan.

One Trio Against Another

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The fate of the No. 11 California Golden Bears rests in the hands - and on the surgically-repaired right knee - of reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton when they meet No. 6 Rutgers as part of the East Coast swing.

In the first game of their cross-country trip, the Bears defeated Princeton, 68-42, and Hampton saw her first action since her Nov. 9 surgery. In 12 minutes of play, Hampton scored nine points and grabbed two rebounds.

If Cal is to upset the Scarlet Knights at their home at the RAC, Hampton's production in her second game will have to significantly improve from her first.

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December 02, 2007

A good day for California

BERKELEY, Calif - After the Golden Bears beat Vanderbilt 67-59, a large group of fans gathered around the a television at Haas Pavilion to watch CSTV's coverage of the NCAA men's water polo championship game.

Just like the women's basketball team, the men's water polo team also go the win, beating USC 8-5.

Nothing like a national championship to get over losing to Stanford in The BIg Game, right?

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Cal closes it out

BERKELEY, Calif - It wasn't pretty at the end with the Bears not being able to hit a free throw if thier lives depended on it, but the Bears held on for a 67-59 win.

As the final seconds ticked away, about 15 students in the student section started to cheer:

You know it
You know the story
This is Bear territory

Today it was.

More to come, including reaction, later.

Did I speak too soon?

BERKELEY, Calif - Vandy hits a 3, to make it 63-57 with 35 seconds left, and Cal keeps missing free throws. Stay tuned....

CAL looks primed for its biggest win of the year

BERKELEY, Calif - Vanderbilt did get within eight points, but Cal is now up 10 with 93 seconds left.

Cal has rised in the rankings this year without really beating anyone, until today.

They are big, strong and athletic. And if they can stay out of foul trouble and avoid anymore injuries as the season goes on, they will be a team to watch out for this year.

There is 1:08 left and the Bears still lead by 10.

Commodores hit some 3s, but Cal responds

BERKELEY, Calif. - Jessica Mooney (off the glass) and Chanel Chisholm both hit 3s on back-to-back possesions for Vandy to close the deficit to 11.

But Cal's sharp-shooter, Alexis Gray-Lawson, hit a 3-pointer of her own, to push the lead right back to 14.

Boyle just called a timeout at the 4:02 mark, with the Bears up 57-45.

Cal in complete control

BERKELEY, Calif. - The game isn't over, but it's getting close.

The Bears lead by 18 (51-33) with 7:46 left. Vandy does not look like they are capable of any kind of last minute scoring spree and it seems like just a matter of time now.

Commodores need to make a move - now

BERKELEY, Calif. - There is 11:23 left and the Bears lead 47-30.

The Bears don't look as sharpe as they did the first half, but Vaderbilt isn't taking advantage as they continue to miss open shots from behid the arc.

Vandy guard Lauren Lueders just yelled to here team, "Let's Go!," and Vandy needs to go right now.

As I type, Lueders just hit a 3-pointer, so it's 47-33 with 10:19 left.

N'diaye leaves with injury, then returns

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Haas Pavilion crowd held its breat watching center Rama N'diaye hold her back as she stumbled off the floor early in the second half.

But after getting some treatment behind the bench, she quickly returned to the game and looks fine. With 15:27 left, Cal is still in control, up 42-25.

Cal is doing everything right, Vandy isn't

BERKELEY, Calif - The halflime entertainment here at Cal is four modern dancers led by a guy with a red mohawk - only in Berkeley :).

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Walker gets the crowd roaring, Vandy looks lost

BERKELEY, Calif - Askhel;y Walker, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.6), has seven points today but it is her defense that got the crowd on its feet.

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Another Vandy Timeout, Cal keeps it going

BERKELEY, Calif - Turnovers are killing the Commodores right now and Bears transition game is producing easy buckets. The band is playing, the the crowd is cheering and the Bears are up 17-7.

Senegal represented in California

The highlight of Senegal sports was when its soccer team beat France in the 2002 World Cup, but the African country also plays a little basketball and Rama N'diaye is proving it today.

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Cal gets hot

Vaderbilt misses a a layup and Cal point guard Natasha Vital bolts down the floor and finds Lauren Greif for a jumper to put the bears up 11-5.

Melanie Balcomb calls timeout.

Both teams look sluggish

Neither team is in a groove early, with bodies flying and balls droping every which way in the first four minutes. Thanks to a Lauren Lueders 3-pointer, the Comodores lead 5-4 at the 15:23 mark.

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No. 12 Bears battle No. 18 Vanderbilt

BERKELEY, Calif - It's a day of morning here at Berkeley after the Bears handed over the axe to Stanford yesterday, but forget about football, it's women's basketball time.

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