Outside Game Fails Bears

After Saturday night, it finally looked like the then-No. 3 California women's basketball team had become as dangerous from outside the arc as it has been inside the paint.

Coming off the three-day Paradise Jam—in which the Bears combined to shoot 40% from three—Cal was lights out from the perimeter once more against Princeton, finishing with a 9-for-18 clip.

But evidently, Jeff Mittie and his TCU squad weren't all too impressed.

"They played a sagging man in the zone the whole night, so we were going to have to take some shots," Bears coach Joanne Boyle said. "They didn't guard us."

The Horned Frogs dared Cal to beat them with jump shots and, while Ashley Walker showed exceptional touch in the mid-range, the Bears guards came up short, hitting just 7-of-27 attempts from the perimeter.

But while poor shooting nights can be expected from time to time, what was perhaps most frustrating was the timing of Cal's late three-point barrage.

With 7:59 left in the second half and the Bears trailing by just one, Cal began settling for jumpers.

From that point on, the Bears managed to get off just two shots inside the key—both were put-backs after offensive rebounds—while throwing up 10 three-pointers, none of which found their mark.

"We need to be able to adjust, to have our guards step up and hit some shots," Walker said. "They've been hot lately, but not tonight."

Even more daunting than Cal's shot selection though was the lack of Walker's presence down the stretch.

At a point in which it may have been expected for the Bears to get the ball into the hands of their All-American, Walker had just one shot in the final eight minutes of play.


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