OSU women's basketball: Beavers make late run but it's not enough in loss to Cal

2012-02-18T19:15:00Z 2012-02-18T19:27:45Z OSU women's basketball: Beavers make late run but it's not enough in loss to CalBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 18, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

It sure could have been easy for the Oregon State women’s basketball team to simply let the game play out.

California had seized the momentum and control on the scoreboard, leading by 13 with under three minutes to play.

But that’s not what this team is about.

Facing long odds and a very good Bears team, the Beavers kept firing — from downtown — and all of a sudden they found themselves down just four with 22 seconds left.

But the comeback would get no closer as the Bears hit  free throws to close out a 75-68 Pac-12 Conference victory in front of a crowd of 2,330 in Gill Coliseum on Saturday.

“That’s just what our season is about: To never give up,” senior Earlysia Marchbanks said after playing her final regular season game in Gill.

“And people underestimate us and doubt us, and just to come in and keep playing through all the adversity is exactly what we’re built for.”

The Beavers (17-9, 8-7) fell to fourth in the conference standings after Arizona State topped Washington State 47-42 earlier on Saturday. The Bears (20-7, 11-4) remain a game ahead of the Sun Devils in second.

Sage Indendi buried three 3s and Ali Gibson two in the final 2 minutes, 40 seconds for the Beavers, but the deficit proved to be a little too much.

Gibson’s 3 with 22.5 seconds left brought the Beavers within 72-68 but Cal closed with three free throws.

“Down the stretch, that’s what we’re about,” coach Scott Rueck said. “We’ve got to fight and scrap. That’s what Earlysia’s about, that’s what she brings to our program, that’s what we’ve had two years of. So I think it epitomized not only our team, but it epitomized her.”

Marchbanks capped an 8-0 run to give the Beavers a 42-41 lead with 13:41 left and it looked like they had the momentum.

But the Bears used a 13-0 spurt that turned into a 20-3 run to regain control.

While the Beavers suddenly went cold from the field — especially behind the 3-point arc — after Marchbanks’ shot gave them the lead, Cal started to heat back up.

Especially Afure Jemerigbe.

Cal’s sophomore guard hit three 3-pointers over a five-minute span, the last giving the Bears a 60-45 lead with 6:45 to play.

Marchbanks tried to keep the Beavers in it with back-to-back buckets.

But the Bears were able to keep the lead until the late barrage of 3s.

“That’s a great team we played there today,” Rueck said. “They are elite athletically and they’ve got a lot of talent. I thought the talent kind of overwhelmed us for a bit and I didn’t think we responded real well to their run. I thought we settled for some shots that helped them.”

Marchbanks finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Indendi had 16 and Gibson 13 for the Beavers. Cal’s Layshia Clarendon had 22 to lead all scorers while Jemerigbe had 12, and Eliza Pierre and Gennifer Brandon both chipped in 10 for the Bears.

Cal made a living at the free-throw line, knocking down 24 of 33 compared to OSU, which made just 4 of 6.

The Beavers hit the road for three games, beginning next Saturday when they take on Oregon.

California 75, Oregon State 68

CALIFORNIA (20-7, 11-4): Reshanda Gray 3-7 1-2 7, Talia Caldwell 2-9 3-4 7, Brittany Boyd 1-10 5-6 6, Layshia Clarendon 6-10 9-13 22, Lindsay Sherbert 0-2 0-0 0, Afure Jemerigbe 4-6 0-0 12, Eliza Pierre 4-6 2-2 10, Gennifer Brandon 3-8 4-6 10, Mikayla Lyles 0-0 0-0 0, Justine Hartman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 24-33 75

OREGON STATE (17-9, 8-7): Earlysia Marchbanks 9-20 0-0 18, Patricia Bright 2-4 0-0 4, Ali Gibson 5-16 0-0 13, Sage Indendi 6-11 0-0 13, Alyssa Martin 3-6 1-2 8, Thais Pinto 3-3 1-2 7, Jenna Dixon 0-1 0-0 0, ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley 0-1 2-2 2, Mollee Schwegler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 4-6 68

Halftime: Oregon State 33, Cal 32. 3-Point Goals: Cal 5-8 (Boyd 0-2, Clarendon 1-1, Sherbert 0-1, Jemerigbe 4-4), OSU 8-21 (Marchbanks 0-4, Gibson 3-9, Indendi 4-6, Martin 1-1, Dixon 0-1). Rebounds: Cal 42 (Caldwell 10), OSU 34 (Marchbanks 10). Assists: Cal 12 (Caldwell 3, Clarendon 3), OSU 14 (Marchbanks 4, Indendi 4). Total fouls: Cal 11, OSU 19. Fouled out: Gray, Indendi. Technicals: None. A: 2,330

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