Women's Basketball Edged By Fairfield, 64-63, In Final 10 Seconds

Nov. 20, 2000

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - California lost in the final minute to Fairfield, 64-63, Sunday at Alumni Hall. The Bears fell to 0-2, while the Stags improved to 2-0.

Cal almost successfully rallied from 10 points down in the first half to defeat Fairfield for its first victory under first-year head coach Caren Horstmeyer. The Bears trailed by five with 1:36 remaining when Brook Coulter almost successfully propelled the Bears into a come-back victory. The senior nailed her first of two three-pointers with 1:18 on the clock, cutting the Stags lead to 62-60 with 1:18 to play. After two Fairfield turnovers and a Cal timeout, Coulter drained her second three with 18.7 ticks left, putting the Bears up 63-32 with 18.7 seconds to play.

'We never practiced that play,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'They went out and executed it very well, and we hit the three. At one point, I had the players switched, and then I said we needed Brook to shoot the three.'

Courtney Johnson came up with a steal on Fairfield's next possession, and then the Stags were forced to foul Cal's Amber White, sending her to the line for a one-and-one. White missed the front end of the one-and one, and Johnson was whistled for a foul on the rebound. Fairfield's Ayanna Brown nailed two free throws with 9.4 to go to give the Stags a 64-63 lead and the eventual win. Johnson's final shot attempt was blocked by Brown on the other end and time expired.

Ami Forney led Cal with her second double-double of her career, matching her career best of 17 points to go with 11 rebounds. Coulter, who is a senior in her first year on the Cal basketball team after playing volleyball for four years, added 15 points and senior guard Kenya Corley had 10.

Brown led Fairfield in her first career start with 20 points and 12 boards. Megan Light contributed 11, while Holli Tapley added 10.

Cal got off to sluggish start, allowing Fairfield to jump out to a 7-0 lead and to twice build a 10-point advantage in the first half. Fairfield led 26-16 with 2:03 left until halftime, but Forney and Corley then posted four points each to send Cal into the locker room down only 27-24. Forney led both teams with 11 points and eight rebounds in the first half.

The Bears capitalized on a strong transition game in the second half to claw their way back and to lead on several occasions. For most of the second half, neither team led by more than four points.

The Bears return to action Friday, Nov. 24, against Alabama at the Illinois-Chicago Thanksgiving Tournament.

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