Washington women fall 71-47 at California
The Washington women's basketball team exchanged the snow and extreme winter conditions of Seattle for the Bay Area and a Pac-12 matchup...
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BERKELEY, Calif. — The Washington women's basketball team exchanged the snow and extreme winter conditions of Seattle for the Bay Area and a Pac-12 matchup against California on Thursday night.
Unfortunately for Washington, its game remained in the deep freeze as the Huskies turned in a lackluster performance in a 71-47 loss.
"This is as bad as it gets for us," Huskies coach Kevin McGuff said. "But give Cal credit, they certainly had something to do with it. Cal is a good team and we didn't have a great effort, and that is a bad combination."
Washington (10-6, 2-4) scored 18 points below its 65 points-per-game average and shot just 31 percent from the field.
"Early on we got enough good shots and didn't make them, and then later we weren't getting enough good shots," McGuff said.
Defensively, the Huskies consistently gave up easy points in the interior as Cal guards sliced past UW defenders to create up-close scoring opportunities. The Bears (14-5, 5-2) held an enormous 52-22 edge on points in the paint and shot 52 percent from the field.
"We never got into a flow on defense, and defense is our game," UW center Regina Rogers said. "We didn't play Husky basketball tonight."
The hardworking Rogers was a rare bright spot for the Huskies, leading the team with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jazmine Davis chipped in 12 points.
Cal was led by Talia Caldwell, who topped all scorers with 18 points.
Things were out of sorts from the get-go for the Huskies as they fell behind 7-0 after the first few possessions and didn't score until almost four minutes in.
Washington picked up its game midway through the first half and played even with the Bears for the final 10 minutes, but the Huskies trailed 33-25 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half. Washington had a ray of hope as it pulled to 35-29 one minute into the half after Rogers muscled in an inside bucket. But Cal immediately went on a 12-3 run to extend its lead to 47-32 lead with 13:20 to play.
"Cal played well," Rogers said. "We just weren't playing our game. This is a learning experience."
Washington never managed to whittle the Bears' lead below 10 points the remainder of the game, allowing Cal to cruise to a comfortable victory and leave the Huskies out in the cold.
Things only get tougher for Washington, which plays at fourth-ranked Stanford on Saturday.
"We better get things fixed quickly," McGuff said.
Attendance: 1,206. Officials: Anita Ortega, Kent Johnson Cheryl Flores.