Old Dominion University rallied in a second half comeback to cut No. 10 California’s lead to 51-47 with 8:24 left but it was not enough. Layshia Clarendon’s free throws started a 12-0 run to ice the game as the Lady Monarchs fell to the Golden Bears 63-47 in front of 3,003 fans at “Pack The Ted Night” at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
ODU (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season. Clarendon finished with a team high of 15, Brittany Boyd chipped in with 11 points and Gennifer Brandon had nine points and a game high 17 rebounds in the win. The Golden Bears (6-0) won the game despite turning the ball over 25 times and missing 14 free throws.
Shae Kelley led the Lady Monarchs in scoring with 21 points and pulled in seven rebounds. She also had two blocks and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
Cal set a record for rebounds with 63 total, outrebounding ODU by 33 boards, including 27-13 on the defensive end.
The Golden Bears led 31-20 at the half and came back to outscore the Lady Monarchs 32-27 in the second. ODU led only twice in the game, 2-0 and 4-2. Both teams struggled from three point ranged, going a combined 1-16 from beyond the arc. Clarendon made the only three of the game. Despite the loss, head coach Karen Barefoot was seen clapping as time expired, visually pleased with her team’s performance against a top 10 ranked opponent.
“Usually after a loss, I’m really upset, that’s how I am. But I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Barefoot said. “Our effort and our heart was just amazing for forty minutes. Here we take a team that was tenth in the country and we held them 25 points under their average. And we forced 25 turnovers and we only had 13. This group played their butt off and had opportunities.”
Although they came up short, the home team put on a show defensively and held the opposition to just 23 of 60 from the floor. Coach Barefoot was satisfied overall with her team’s display of toughness and grit on the defensive side of the ball.
“It’s a good feeling for this team. I told them keep your head up. Defensively, we did incredible things tonight,” Barefoot said. “We talked about how many possessions they shoot during the game and over 87 points per game.”
Jackie Cook, who leads the team in scoring, was held to just two points off, making one of her three shots. Nonetheless, the senior guard seconded the notion of her team’s play and walked away from the loss with a glass half-full prospective.
“I was impressed with Cal but I was also impressed with us as well,” Cook said. “I was struggling a little bit and my teammates were there the entire game, encouraging me. I was really impressed with our team, with the way we played against a nationally ranked team.”
Fourteen of Kelley’s team high 21 points came in the second half, as she shot 50 during the latter half of 40 minutes.
“In the second half, I just saw the opportunity to drive a lot. My shot wasn’t falling so I just kept attacking and was able to draw fouls and get to the line as much as possible,” the sophomore forward said. “We’re [going to] be alright. This is a great game for us, so see where we’re at. And I think we can play with any team.”
By: Brian Jerry