EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon women's basketball team came up short against California and was handed a 83-71 loss on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena on the opening night of Play 4Kay Weekend.
Oregon (14-12, 6-8 Pac-12) had a single-digit lead at the 11:48 mark of the second half at 53-52, but that was the last time the Ducks led as Talia Caldwell grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back up to give the Bears (19-7, 10-4 Pac-12) a 54-53 advantage that they did not relinquish for the rest of the contest.
The Ducks put together a 7-2 run to close the gap to five at 69-64 led by five points by Amanda Johnson, but Oregon was not able to sustain the Bears' suffocating defense and allowed the momentum to shift Cal's direction.
Layshia Clarendon had a game-high 27 points to lead the way for the Bears while Talia Caldwell (12 points) and Reshanda Gray (10 points) contributed, as well.
The Ducks led most of the first half, but the Bears scored the last seven points and did not allow Oregon to tally a bucket the last 4:35 to take a slight 37-35 lead into intermission.
Thomas had 12 points to lead UO at the half.
The Ducks return to Matt Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m.to take on No. 3 Stanford to conclude Play 4Kay Weekend.
PROMOTIONS: Saturday is Faculty Appreciation and Chamber of Commerce Day. General admission tickets will be $5 for faculty and chamber of commerce members... In conjunction with Play 4Kay Weekend, there will be a silent auction for authentic "pink" Oregon jerseys...As part of Alumni Weekend, basketball alumni will be recognized at halftime... The Becky Sisley award will also be presented to Grace Golden at halftime.NOTES: Nia Jackson moved into third in UO career steals with three tonight. She now has 201 and passed Julie Cushing (200/1977-80)...With seven rebounds tonight, Amanda Johnson moved into a tie for sixth for UO career rebounds with Debbie Adams (1978-81)... Both players have 848 career boards....Lexi Peterson set a career high with six assists...Jasmin Holliday recorded her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season...Jordan Loera set the freshman three-point record with 41 treys.