After a tough, close run of games to open their Pac-12 schedule, the Beavers got back to blowout wins tonight, taking down California 81-44. The Beavers now stand at 16-1, and 4-1 in the Pac-12, while the Bears fall to 8-8, and 0-5 in the conference.
Things started close, with the Beavers struggling to hit their shots, particularly threes, early. The Beavers first 5 points came off free throws, with the Beavers not making a shot until Kat Tudor hit a three with 5:50 left in the quarter. She then hit a free throw for a four point play to put the Beavers in front. Destiny Slocum finally got her game going as well, but the Beavers couldn’t keep their lead, ending the first quarter tied.
Then in the second they grabbed the reigns. Some great defensive play from the Beavers, including some nice work from Noelle Mannen, held Cal to only five points in the second, while the Beavers, particularly Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones, found their scoring rhythm, ending the first half up 37-22.
The Bears offense bounced back slightly in the third, but cratered again in the fourth, when they only scored 7, while the Beavers never lost their step. Patricia Morris was one of the big standouts tonight, having her best game since joining the team. Morris scored 13 points, and also added 3 rebounds and two blocks. Cal has a big front court, and Morris proved more than adequate when matching up with them.
Destiny Slocum was once again the Beavers top scorer. and grabbed another double double, with 15 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds. Taylor Jones (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Mikayla Pivec (10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) also hit double digits for the Beavers.
It’s a great win to get the Beavers back in the W column before they start one of their toughest stretches of the season. They’ll take on #3 Stanford on Sunday, at 12:00 PST. Then the next weekend, they’ll have their home and home with #6 Oregon. What the Beavers can hope to achieve this season will probably be decided over the next 10 days.