After getting out to a 10-0 start, Cal headed into halftime up only 30-21 on the Oregon Ducks after struggling to find their touch from just about anywhere.
By no means was the first half of tonight's game Cal's best effort and it's probably oversimplifying things to say that Brittany Boyd's absence is the reason.
Cal missed a number of putbacks around the basket, open layups, and fumbled solid entry passes that would have led to high percentage scoring opportunities in the first half and shot just 29.3% from the field. Take out senior guard Layshia Clarendon's game-high 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting and the rest of the team shot just 7-for-29.
On the night that Caldwell was honored for scoring her 1000th point, her first bucket off a pair of offensive rebounds in tonight's game ended up being a harbinger for worse things to come: she shot just 2-for-7 in the first half and was at times visibly frustrated after missing layups that she normally makes.
If there's a bright spot, it's that Cal is shooting 4-for-9 from 3-point land led by two apiece from Clarendon and Mikayla Lyles. But overall, it's a game to forget that they're winning against an opponent that is simply that much more inferior.