Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

Cal is discovering out how difficultit is to bulid a girls’s basketball program within the Pac-12.

The Bears have confronted six ranked crew of their previous eight video games, they usually have misplaced all six, with Sunday’s one-sided 87-62 loss to No. 8 Utah in Berkeley being the laterst disappointment.

Cal (10-9, 1-7 Pac-12) has misplaced 5 in a row, however not like the Bears’ earlier video games in opposition to top-25 foes, when the Bears have been within the video games till the closing moments, Utah (16-2, 6-2) took Cal out of the sport early within the second half.

Now Cal head coach Charmin Smith has to fret concerning the crew’s psychological state, ensuring her gamers are stay keen and confidenct, as a result of the Bears will play their seventh ranked opponent in a span of 9 video games after they host Twenty third-ranked Oregon on Friday.

“It is actually difficult,” Smith stated. “Nobody likes dropping. I attempted to level out that we’re enjoying the hardest stretch of our schedule proper now.

“I believe Utah is a extremely proficient crew. These groups are the place we need to be. It takes time. It takes persistence. It takes comnstant buy-in. We simply need to tay stead with who we’re, going again to our core values and who we need to be day-after-day.

“Generally once you lose, it challenges you on that when it comes to your character and work ethic. I do not assume we have now any quitters on this crew. We’ll stick with it and  search for methods to be higher. We’;; get the wins; it simply wasn’t at this time.”

The one constructive for Cal was Jayden Curry, who had 15 factors and eight assists and was 1-for-4 on three-point photographs, extending her streak to 41 consecutive video games during which she has made a minimum of three-pointer. That is 4 shy of the Pac-12 file (since 1999-2000) of 45 straight video games set by USC’s Shay Murphy.

It was not practically sufficient in opposition to Utah, which had two gamers rating 20 factors apiece — Alissa Pili, who was 9-for-14 from the sector, and Gianna Kneepkens, who was 4-for-5 from past the three-point line.

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Three-pointers put the Utes in management within the first half.  They entered the day ranked seventh within the nation in scoring offense, averaging 85.4 factors a recreation, they usually shot 53.2% from the sector Sunday to attain a pair factors above their common.

They made seven of their first eight three-point photographs, placing Utah forward by 13 factors late within the second quarter. Utah pushed its result in 24 factors within the third quarter, and the Bears couldn’t sustain.

“It was a troublesome look that they offer you with how potent they’re offensively,” Smith stated. “We rotated to the flawed individuals at instances. I do not assume we have been very sensible with our rotations.”

Utah additionally had 10 offensive rebounds and outscored Cal 16-1 in second-chance factors.

“I am unsure why we struggled a lot to seize the ball,” Smith stated. “I believe we obtained pushed round just a little bit.”


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