Cal Handles Huskies, 62-34

In what quickly became billed as a measuring-stick game to determine just where the No. 13 California women's basketball team was in comparison with No. 11 Stanford, the Golden Bears took care of Washington in, well, familiar fashion.

Guard play must improve this week versus Cardinal

Cal relied on one of the stingiest defensive performances in school history to knock off the Huskies 62-34, and complete their second state sweep of the conference slate.

"I'm happy and excited with the win, I think there are some really good things we did," Bears coach Joanne Boyle said. "In particular, defense and our rebounding was really good. But we've got to be able to convert … We're getting really good looks in the open court and we're not making great decisions."

Cal's win against Washington, who fell 112-35 to Stanford three days before, made the Bears' offensive struggles all the more evident.

Minus Ashley Walker—who finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field—the rest of the Cal offense struggled to get good looks against the worst scoring defense in the Pac-10.

"When we're in our offense, we got good looks. It's transitioning from getting a great stop and then rewarding yourself on the opposite end of the floor," Boyle said. "We're just sloppy. We're getting too deep into the paint before we make decisions, our guards have got to make decisions sooner than that."

All too often, the Bears' guards are looking for Walker early and if the senior forward isn't open, they either move the ball around the perimeter and go deep into the shot clock, or penetrate and force off-balance shots in the paint.

Starting guards Alexis Gray-Lawson, Natasha Vital and Lauren Greif, as well as perimeter threat Kelsey Adrian, combined to shoot just 8-of-24 against the Huskies, while committing 13 of Cal's 21 turnovers.

"We're not owning the turnover column, and we need to," Boyle said. "It's that game mentality, transitioning from offense to defense and recognizing the flow of the game. Today there was not a flow."

If Cal hopes to hang with the Cardinal—which has scored in triple figures now in back-to-back games—the Bears' guards are going to need to find a flow and find it quickly.

As deep as Stanford's post is this year, Walker and a less-than 100-percent Devanei Hampton will have their hands full already.

If the Cal guards don't perform offensively, the Bears will have to wait yet again to prove they belong with the Pac-10's (and the nation's) elite.


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