Women's Basketball Defeats Bay Area Pro-Am Team, 77-72

Nov. 5, 2000

BERKELEY - The California women's basketball team opened the Caren Horstmeyer coaching era with a 77-72 victory against a San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am team Sunday at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears play their final exhibition game Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. against RTU Clondica Riga from Latvia. The Bay Area Pro-Am squad falls to 1-2 on its college tour.

'This was a really good game for us,' said Horstmeyer, who is in her first season at Cal after coaching 12 years at Santa Clara. 'We've been trying to set the tone with not how many offenses we have and how many defenses we have, but from a work ethic, play hard and mental toughness perspective. This game was good for us because you saw everyone play with great effort, and I also think it was key for us to be in a close game and come out on top.'

Senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh led Cal with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 from the foul line. The Bears played 12 players today with 10 of them finding their way into the scoring column. Sophomore forward Amber White added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and senior guard Becky Staubes had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Valerie Gillon and Jamie Redd (WNBA Seattle Storm) led the Pro-Am team with 16 points apiece.

The Bay Area squad gave Cal an extremely competitive game and led by as many as many as 10 points at 21-11 with 9:04 remaining in the first half. The Bears then went on a 12-1 run, keyed by four points by Ashbaugh, to grab their first lead since the opening minute of the game at 23-22 with 4:10 until intermission. The two teams entered the locker room tied at 34-34.

The second half was a see-saw affair with the Pro-Am team leading by as many as seven at 58-51 with 7:37 left. The Pro-Am team held its final lead at 62-61 with 3:48 to go before the Bears closed out the game with a 16-10 run. Senior point guard Courtney Johnson gave Cal the lead for good (63-62) with a layup with 3:30 on the clock.

Other positives for the Bears included holding a 41-36 rebounding edge and forcing 28 turnovers, while committing only 16. After leading the Pac-10 in steals last year, Johnson recorded four (game-high) of Cal's 17 steals today.

Cal opens the regular season on the road Nov. 17 at Rutgers, a 2000 Final Four participant.

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