Bakersfield, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon fired 19 points each as No. 11 California bounced back strongly from its first loss of the season, pummeling CSU Bakersfield, 84-46, Friday at Icardo Center.
Brandon added nine rebounds while Reshanda Gray and Justine Hartman added 12 points each for the Bears, who improved to 2-0 all-time against the Roadrunners for their seventh win in eight games.
Coach Lindsay Gottlieb liked what she saw from her team, days after suffering their first loss of the season to No. 4 Duke, 77-63.
“Our players are full of energy. They are so committed to each other. They were excited to play again, so I was happy that we were able to come out and play better,” Gottlieb said.
“Obviously I’ll look at the film and there are things you want to improve but I liked our effort tonight and the complete contributions we got from everybody,” she added.
Tyonna Outland was the only player in double digits with 12 while Amber Williams and Batabe Zempare added eight points apiece for the Roadrunners, who dropped to 1-7 following their sixth straight loss.
The Golden Bears shot 50.4 percent from the field and outrebounded the Roadrunners, 48-23, and put the game away in the opening minutes with a 13-1 run capped by Boyd’s three-pointer.
Brandon scored 15 of her career-high output in the first half to give the Golden Bears a 50-23 halftime edge.
Then, Boyd scored 10 consecutive points to stretch the Bears’ lead to 60-29 and later at 43, 84-41, after two foul shots by Justine Hartman.
The 50-23 halftime lead was the second-highest single-half production of the year for the Golden Bears, second to a 53-point first half output against Saint Mary’s.
California hit 80 points for the first time since a 91-58 win over Eastern Washington in the opener of the Cal Classic.