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Cal U women show no mercy

| Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

CALIFORNIA -- The good teams beat the teams they're supposed to, and beat them handily.

That was certainly the case Wednesday as the No. 2 California University women's basketball team rolled over visiting East Stroudsburg, 106-43.

The Vulcans improved to 8-0 and looked impressive doing it. After the two teams exchanged baskets to open the game at 2-2, Cal scored the next 25 points and took a 58-18 halftime lead. Cal shot a whopping 73 percent in the first half and made six more field goals (25) than East Stroudsburg attempted (19).

Megan Storck continues to improve her game as she notched her first career triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and 12 steals.

Storck has become such an integral part of the Vulcans that when the sophomore point guard was out of the game, the team began to struggle.

"Megan's phenomenal," said Vincent. "She's become a tremendous playmaker compared to last year. She's our general on the floor. Our offense and defense revolve around her."

"I'm a lot more mature mentally from when I was a freshman, and I've got a lot more confidence because of how deep the team went last year," Storck said.

The Warriors (2-5) were never in the game, turning the ball over 19 times just in the opening 20 minutes and ended with 36 turnovers.

"We hadn't played in over a week so we knew we had to come out hungry," said Cal coach Darcie Vincent. "We worked on a lot of things over the break to make sure we didn't come out soft."

"We really came out strong tonight," Storck added. "We knew they couldn't handle our defensive pressure."

The second half started just as one-sided, with the Vulcans netting the first 17 points.

Five other Vulcans, including every starter, scored in double figures, including two players who scored more than 20 points. Erin Dillon led the way with a game-high 22 points. At one point the junior guard made six straight three-pointers.

Sara McKinney contributed 21 points, Sameera Philyaw 14, and Becky Siembak and Lisa Gottuso each added 10. The Vulcans shot 67 percent and outrebounded the Warriors 32-20.

"This is the first game that we put together two good halves," Vincent said.

CAL CLIPS: Siembak, who led all players with eight rebounds, played in her 100th collegiate game. The 106 points is the most points scored for Cal under Vincent. Amy Jones led the Warriors with 10 points. Cal is home again at 6 p.m. today against Bloomsburg.

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