Cal was rolling along in the second quarter of Sunday's game against No. 7 Oregon State, and took an 11-point lead. But the Beavers rallied late in that quarter to close the gap to two points at halftime. That changed the momentum of the game and helped Oregon State walk away with an eight-point win.
"We gave up too many easy scores off the ball-screen action," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said of that Oregon State spurt. "Our guards had trouble, on their own, containing [Destiny] Slocum, as does anybody in the country."
She noted it's difficult to keep the Beavers' attack under control the entire game.
Cal star Kristine Anigwe commented on how the Beavers in general--and Oregon State guard Slocum in particular--stayed aggressive and never let the Bears feel like they were in control of the game, even when the Beavers were behind by double digits. Anigwe said Cal (14-9, 5-7 Pac-12) can learn from the approach the Beavers (20-4, 10-2) took.
Anigwe had a big game with 31 points and 18 rebounds, and she broke the Cal record for career rebounds two days after setting the school record for points in a career.
The Bears went 1-3 in their four-game run against teams ranked in the top 10, and now head to Los Angeles to play USC and UCLA this week.