Cal Women's Basketball vs. Portland St. GameThread

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Cal plays in the 'championship' game of the Colliers International 'Classic' today against the Portland St. Vikings after defeating Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon.  Hit the jump for a quick recap of Saturday's game and a preview of Portland St.  Go Bears!

Portland St. Preview

The Vikings return most of their players from a team that went 9-7 in the Big Sky conference last year and now has aspirations for perhaps challenging for the conference title this year.  Like last year this is a deep, experienced team that will find scoring and rebounding from a variety of sources - Portland St. does not and will not rely on one or two players to provide production for them.

Erin Jones is the senior leader and point guard.  She's a pass first player but not afraid to let it go from deep.  Beyond that Portland St. will play all kinds of guards and forwards ranging between 5'7'' and 6'0'' tall, all with decent if not spectacular scoring and rebounding skills.

Portland St. is prone to turnovers, and they won't be outrebounding Cal any time soon.  For the Bears to cruise it's just about playing solid defense and shooting well.

Cal State Fullerton Recap

The highlight video doesn't show it, but while we were all busy watching the football team find new and unique ways to lose in the rain, the Cal women were building and wasting an 18 point lead.  At one point that lead dwindled all the way down to 2 points, but DeNesha Stallworth got three straight baskets and Cal survived.

Once again the problem was turnovers - 22 in all and 8 alone by Layshia Clarendon.  The Bears were also ineffectual from 3, but at least they didn't force too many from behind the arc - they only attempted 10 on the night.  Depth is still an issue, and it will be something to watch vs. Cal St. Fullerton.  With Rama N'diaye still out (presumably with an illness) DeNesha Stallworth and Talia Caldwell will again be counted on to play heavy minutes.  Their ability to play with energy and to stay out of foul trouble will likely dictate Cal's performance against Portland St.

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