What's going on with Cal? Delayah Daniels hits from deep.
When was the last time you saw the Cal Bears wearing red? And the new color isn't all. Last Friday evening they took Arizona down to the final buzzer before losing to the #10 team in the nation by eight. The Bears were ahead in the middle of the fourth quarter and were down two with two minutes to play. The final score was 58 to 50, but it's a clear case of the Wildcats pulling off a narrow escape from an 0 and 11 team. The PAC12 basement dweller almost got'em. They out- rebounded the Cats 40 to 26 and held them to 37% shooting. Delayah Daniels, a 6'-3" freshman, had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Michelle Onyiah, another 6'-3" freshman, had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
And then on Senior Night on Sunday they beat ASU 67 to 55. The Bears shot 49% and held the Devils to 29% shooting. Leilani McIntosh, a 5'-5" guard, got 21 points for the Bears, including 4 for 4 3-pointers. Mia Mastrov and Evelien Lutje-Schipholt both had 12 points.
So, from here on out, anyone who takes Cal lightly is going to have a shocking red experience. All these young athletic women can play - it's just taken the whole season for them to learn to play together. Now they can and do. So be warned Cardinal - the last game of the regular season on Sunday will take your best to avoid a similar fate. These young unknowns have laid down a marker and they're comin to shock you.
CARDINAL WARNING!! YOU'LL NEED YOUR BEST GAME ON SUNDAY!!
And did you happen to see the the Maryland/Iowa game? Iowa is the nation's second highest scoring team and scored 93 points. They hit 17 threes (of 33). Caitlin Clark hit 9 - 3's and scored 34 points in a losing effort. Four or five of her 3's were from about 24 feet.
Maryland (the nation's highest scoring team) beat them by 18 points, hit 15 of 22 - 3's (69%), had three players over 20 (24, 27, and 29) and one at 19. Katie Benson went 9 for 10 three pointers and Diamond Miller was 4 for 5. Ashley Owusu, their point guard, is 6' tall and weighs about 170 - is quick, fast, agile, strong and fires hard accurate passes to open shooters. I decided to review this game because Charlie Creme has us in the same bracket with the Terrapins. They also press full court for forty minutes. Check out the game on YouTube.