We wait 9 brutal months. Filled with mediocre basketball and people sitting in trees, for 7 home games. 7 glorious days. We won them all, it was great. But man, now another long wait. Le sigh.
Also, le sigh, Cal mens bball loses to Mizzou:
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - DeMarre Carroll had 19 points and six rebounds and helped fuel an early 18-point run that put Missouri in control in a 93-66 victory over California on Sunday.
Jerome Randle had 15 points for Cal (6-2), which shot a season-worst 35.9 percent and committed 20 turnovers against the Tigers' press, often creating easy baskets on the opposite end.
Missouri's Leo Lyons added 18 points and eight rebounds and freshman reserve Kim English had all but two of his 16 points in the second half while going 4-for-6 from 3-point range.
Missouri (7-1) won despite hitting only one of its first 14 3-point attempts, finishing strong by making five of its last six from long range. The Tigers shot 49 percent, had a seven-high seven blocks and 14 steals.
Apparently Cal has already run out of non-student tickets.
BERKELEY - Due to heavy demand from Cal donors and season-ticket holders for tickets to the Emerald Bowl, Cal has temporarily exhausted its supply of non-student tickets to the game. Please visit CalBears.com/bowl periodically to see if additional tickets become available.
Emerald Bowl tickets for Cal student season-ticket holders will be on sale online only from Monday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 10 or until sold out.
Womens vball advances:
BERKELEY - The No. 8-ranked California volleyball team (25-6, 13-5 Pac-10) defeated New Mexico State (26-9, 15-1 WAC), 3-1 (25-23, 25-13, 21-25, 25-17) in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship tonight at Haas Pavilion. The Bears advance to the round of 16 as one of four teams in the University Park Regional and will face No. 14 Illinois (26-7, 15-5 Big Ten) in one regional semifinal at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Penn State Rec Hall in State College, Pa. No. 1 Penn State (34-0, 20-0 Big Ten) will face Western Michigan (28-6, 14-2 MAC) in the other regional semifinal at 6 p.m. ET later that night. The winners of each match will advance to the regional final, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. ET. The regional final will be broadcast live on ESPNU. For more information on the regional championships at University Park, please visit www.gopsusports.com.
This is the third straight season (fourth overall) in which the Bears have advanced to the regional semifinal. Last year, Cal defeated Iowa State and defending NCAA champion Nebraska in the Wisconsin Regional to advance to the NCAA semifinal in Sacramento, Calif. Sophomore setter Carli Lloyd, former All-American outside hitter Angie Pressey and junior outside hitter Hana Cutura (named the MVP) were each selected to the regional all-tournament team. The Bears fell to eventual champion Penn State, 3-0 in the national semifinal.
Women bball, stunningly, loses:
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) No. 22 Texas Christian handed third-ranked California its first loss of the season with a hard-fought 82-73 victory in the championship game of the Colliers International Classic on Sunday.
Ashley Walker had 31 points - one off her career high - and 12 rebounds, reaching the 30-point mark for the third time this season, but it wasn't enough for Cal in this sloppy performance. The Golden Bears (7-1) saw their school-record 33-game home nonconference winning streak end after allowing their most points since an 87-75 loss to rival Stanford on Jan. 14, 2006.
Tournament MVP Helena Sverrisdottir added 17 points and a career-best 10 assists and TK LaFleur 13 points and six rebounds for the Frogs (8-2), who avenged a 74-55 loss to Cal at home in Fort Worth last season. TCU bounced back after a tough defeat Friday at Fresno State to beat Princeton on Friday and then pull off this upset.
Natasha Vital added 21 points and seven rebounds for Cal, scoring on a putback with 45.7 seconds to play to pull her team within 76-73. The Golden Bears pressed full court and quickly fouled Shayla Moore, who made both free throws at 38.2 then two more with 22.5 to go.
Womens swimming is doing great:
Athens, Ga. - Five lifetime-bests were achieved by Cal women's swimmers on Sunday, as the Golden Bears wrapped up the 2008 Georgia Fall Invitational in second place with 766.5 points. Host Georgia finished in first place.
"This invitational gave us a good indication of where we need to be come March," said head coach Teri McKeever. "We had a great weekend, and a really good three weeks. Georgia is a quality team and they really have improved from where they were last season. For us to be the best we have to compete against the best. I was real pleased with the effort and attitude of the girls this weekend."
Cal won't be back competing in the pool until January 30, but McKeever explained that the team will continue to focus on dry land exercises, weight room conditioning and continuous work in the pool.
Sophomore Amanda Sims achieved a lifetime best and first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.57 - fifth on Cal's all-time top 10 performance list (also an NCAA B time). Freshman Shelley Harper also clocked a lifetime-best 2:01.19 in the morning preliminaries, before registering a seventh-place time of 2:01.35, followed by sophomore Hannah Wilson who touched the wall in eighth place with a time of 2:02.47. Wilson swam a time of 1:59.74 in the prelims - her best at Cal.
Mens swimming, too!
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Fourth-ranked California recorded two NCAA automatic qualifying times and five NCAA B qualifying times on Saturday night and won the Husky Invitational at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center with 1442 points. The Golden Bears, who won three event finals on the last day of the meet, edged second-place USC by 127 points.
Among Cal's Saturday victories was sophomore Nathan Adrian's in the 100-yard freestyle. The 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist became the fourth-fastest 100 freestyler in Cal history with his NCAA A time of 41.83. The Bears ended the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in an automatic qualifying time of 2:50.15, making the quartet of sophomore Graeme Moore, Adrian, sophomore Josh Daniels and senior Bennett Clark the fourth-fastest 400-free relay in school history.
In the 100-free final, Adrian bested the second-place finisher - Moore - by 1.41 seconds. Adrian's 41.83 tied the time that 2008 U.S. Olympic teammate Ian Crocker swam in 2006 as the fourth-fastest American time in the 100 free.
Alex Morgan, soccer player, is doing great at the national level:
CHILLAN, Chile - Cal women's soccer sophomore forward Alex Morgan and the U.S. Under-20 National Team will face off against Korea DPR for the title of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Estadio Municipal in Santiago, Chile. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET) live on ESPN2, ESPN360.com and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. Morgan has scored three goals in Chile over the course of the tournament, which began Nov. 19 for the Americans.
Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the U.S. Under-20 National Team's 3-0 victory over France on Nov. 19 at Estadio Nelson Oryuzan in Chillan, Chile. She scored two goals in the U.S. Women's Under-20 National Team 3-0 victory over Argentina on Nov. 22. The game was the Americans' second of
Group B at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.
Post mortem on Mizzou loss:
Jerome Randle didn’t mince words.
“They outplayed us, they outhustled us, outrebounded us. They beat us in every aspect of the game,” the junior point guard said.
That was a blunt but fairly accurate representation of Missouri’s 93-66 demolition of the Golden Bears on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
The Bears (6-2) coughed up 20 turnovers, allowed 20 offensive rebounds, and never led.
Coach Mike Montgomery was impressed by the Tigers (7-1), but suggested they weren’t Cal’s only problem on Sunday.
“They really were ready to play. They were faster, longer, more aggressive than anything we’ve seen thus far, and we didn’t handle it very well,” he said. “We couldn’t transition back, we couldn’t rebound and they shot the ball very well.
“I think the pressure mainly was ourselves, self-inflicted damage we did to ourselves . . . They really got us back on our heels, which is exactly what he wants to do with his pressure, and we fell complete prey to it. Some of the things we’ve been concerned about, there they were.”
The Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series belongs to the home team.
After Sunday’s three games, the home club owns a 9-1 record, the exception being Baylor’s win at Washington State on Saturday night.
Missouri’s 93-66 win over Cal gives the Big-12 a 6-4 series lead so far. Oregon beat Kansas State 75-70 and Arizona State crushed Nebraska 64-44 to give the Pac-10 two victories on Sunday.
Some info on Miami:
As expected, Miami accepted a bid to the Emerald Bowl on Sunday and will face Cal on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park.
The Hurricanes went 7-5 this season and finished in a tie for third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division at 5-3.
But Miami is one of college football's most successful programs, having won five national championships, including the Bowl Championship Series title in 2002. The Hurricanes also advanced to the BCS title game in 2003 but lost in double overtime to Ohio State.
"Miami is one of the all-time great programs and a name that everybody recognizes," Emerald Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli said. "Miami has national cache, so it's hard to do better than that. Anytime you can get a team with national championships, that's a big thing for your bowl."
Miami has fallen off a bit in recent years. The Hurricanes went 5-7 last season and uncharacteristically missed a bowl game. They were 7-6 in 2006.
Patrick Christopher is working hard to make the next level:
COLUMBIA, Mo. — About 100 people were in the gym last July at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, when Patrick Christopher had the chance to be a hero.
The Cal junior guard and four other college players had battled a team led by James and fellow NBA star Chris Paul to a 5-5 tie in a game to six, and he had the chance to win it with a free throw.
"NBA scouts were there. Some of the heads of Nike there. LeBron's girlfriend was there," Christopher recalled.
"Basically, if I make my free throw, game over," he said. "But it's short. All net, but it didn't go inside the rim."
After the college guys got a defensive stop, the only thing going through Christopher's mind was a shot at redemption.
"It looked like my teammates were a little hesitant to give me the ball because I shot an airball," Christopher said. "But I got the ball and shot a 3-pointer from the top of the key. It hit the back rim and went straight up and then bounced right back in."
Loss is new experience for Monty:
Cal’s most lopsided loss of the young season – by 27 points – was unlike a college game first-year coach Mike Montgomery has experienced in nearly 11 years.
The Bears (6-2) lost 93-66 to Missouri on Sunday afternoon in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Montgomery, who coached the Golden State Warriors in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and was out of coaching the past two seasons, hadn’t experienced such a one-sided defeat since his Stanford squad lost by 32 points — 90-58 — at Arizona on Feb. 28, 1998.