The beginning of the 2016-17 season has been good to the Cal women’s basketball team. After finishing their last game of the calendar year with a 74-64 win over Arizona (9-3), the Bears still boast an undefeated 13-0 record — one that they hope to continue into the new year.
The No. 21 Bears, continuing their pattern of slow starts, trailed the Wildcats for the majority of the first quarter, finally overtaking them with a little over two minutes left to close out the period with a 19-17 lead. Cal struggled early on to maintain tight and active defense, allowing Arizona to break through and score easy baskets down low on multiple occasions. Its offense was similarly stagnant, only finding its stride in the latter half of the quarter.
The Bears’ first period scoring was lead by Mikayla Cowling and Courtney Range, who each contributed five points. They found a large portion of their scoring from behind the arc, going 3-6 from the three point line.
In the second quarter, Cal was able to extend the minute lead that they had built in the first quarter and finished the half up 36-26. The second quarter saw a push from the Bears offensively as they improved their ball movement and found more success finishing down low.
In the first half, Cal had an impressive 46 percent field goal percentage as compared to the Wildcats’ 35, while also outshooting Arizona from beyond the arc. The Bears were also dominant down low, outscoring Arizona in the paint, 16-12. Also contributing to its increased lead, Cal was able to pull down…
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