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Women’s basketball: Bears fall in Final Four

Up 10 points at halftime, the Cal women’s basketball team lost 64-57 to Louisville in the national semifinals at New Orleans on Sunday afternoon.

Click here for staff writer Stephanie Hammon’s story and a photo slideshow.

Cal shot 58 percent in the first half, then was taken out of its transition game and struggled offensively. The Bears turned the ball over 19 times and were just 4 for 15 from the 3-point line. They also never dealt with Louisville sharpshooter Antonita Slaugher, who shot 6 for 10 from the 3-point arc and scored 18 points.

Cal, which finished its greatest season with a 32-4 record, was led by senior guard Layshia Clarendon, with 17 points.

Louisville (29-8) advances to Tuesday’s national championship game against UConn, which routed Notre Dame 83-65, the day after the Cardinals’ men’s team faces Michigan for the NCAA crown.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ConcordBear

    Too bad.
    They had a solid lead at half and appeared to me to be the bigger and more athletic team.
    Not sure why we allowed ourselves to be taken away from what worked so well in the first half.
    Getting the ball inside!
    If we could only shoot…
    Great season ladies

  • Gobears49

    Too many turnovers in the last eight minutes (I think they once did it three times in a row) cost the Bears dearly. But Louisville really stepped up their defense at the end. Still, terrific season for the Bears.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Louisville stepped up big time. Still, a 50/50 Charge/Block moment in the last minute that went against us sure hurt. It’s tough when the opponent bombs 3s, and Cal’s lead was built primarily while they were originally missing them.

    Fantastic season, I’m looking forward to following the ladies much closer next season.

  • SteveNTexas

    How does next season look -considering who is leaving and what recruits we have coming?

  • Gobears49

    Soloman and Kravish should watch McGary tonight against Louisville to see how a good passing big man can make a huge difference. He’s really good at a lot of things, including passing the ball to the wings after getting it inside. A really talented guy with a high basketball IQ, a little like Bill Walton. Not sure he has back to the basket moves, however.

  • Yoda

    Why are you talking about men’s games here?

  • 1brsfan

    The game was there for the taking but we fell short. L’ville made some adjustments and we had no answer for their threes. I thought we might still pull it off but there was a stretch of 5-6 straight turnovers and that was the difference. Great season ladies! you made us proud!

  • Juancho

    At the half it looked like Cal was running away with the game. The Louisville coach must have made all the right adjustments though. Because in the second half Cal just let it slip away.

    I don’t think the officiating was the reason we lost. I think we just let the game slip away.

  • milo

    Nicely done Cal womens hoops! Yes it got away yesterday but a Final Four appearance is still a FF. The future is bright! Go Bears!