Cal defeats Montana 65-44 – California Golden Bears Athletics

LOS ANGELES, California – The Cal women’s basketball team (5-1) had its second straight dominant win with a 65-44 win over Montana (2-4) to finish 2-0 at the annual LMU Thanksgiving Classic Saturday. in victory Jayda Curry became the second-fastest player in program history to reach the 500-point milestone in 29 games, behind former Bear and WNBA first-round draft pick Kristine Anigwe, who made it in 25 games. Jayda’s 501St Point came just a minute after the third quarter.

“Jayda is maybe the top scorer we’ve ever had when you think about the guards,” Cal’s head coach said Charmin Smith said. “Kristine is a different type of player and she was so dominant on the block. Jayda does it in a different way and I’m not surprised. Actually, I think she could have gotten there a little earlier, but we’re happy for her.”

In a wire-to-wire win, the Bears took a 20-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Grizzlies didn’t score their second field goal until about two minutes from time in the first quarter. In the first half, Cal’s defense kept Montana at just 27.6 percent shooting while holding a crucial inside advantage with a 24-12 advantage in paint points. Kemery Martín propelled the Bears with 13 first-half points on their way to a game-high 18, including a season-high four 3-pointers. Martín has now had at least three 3-point balls in three of the past four games. In addition to Martín’s 18 points, she added eight career and team-best rebounds.

“I’m so glad the shots are coming for Kemery,” Smith said. “She’s a really good offensive weapon and it’s great to see her getting into a rhythm. I think that’s one of the best things that came out this weekend. Kemery goes on the offensive.”

The Bears’ most impressive defensive performance of the season came in the third quarter when they held the Grizzlies with 6.3 percent shooting to just three points. The three points were the lowest the Bears have held in a quarter against an opponent since holding Cal State LA to four points in the first quarter on Feb. 16, 2022. Cal continued on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to grab the biggest lead of the game with 27 points.

The Grizzlies were led by Sammy Fatkin and Libby Stump by 11 points each.

The Bears return home to host the 2nd Annual Raising The BAR Invitational and will host Arkansas Pine-Bluff on December 3 at 11 am and SMU on December 4 at 1 pm

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