Women's Hoops Falls to San Diego State, 63-49

Dec. 22, 2000

SAN DIEGO - Following a 12-day break for final exams, California looked rusty in a 63-49 loss to San Diego State Friday night at Cox Arena. With the Bears second-straight loss, they fall to 3-6, while the Aztecs improve to 5-5.

'I'm extremely disappointed because I feel mentally we were not prepared,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'That carried over into our play when things got difficult. When things went well for us, we were happy as a lark. But, when things turned, we were not able to get ourselves out of it and went completely away from the game-plan that we had for this game.'

Senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh led Cal with 13 points and six rebounds. Junior Ami Forney came off the bench to pace the Bears with 10 rebounds, to go with six points, three steals, two assists and one block. Cal played without senior starting off-guard Kenya Corley, who missed the game due to a family illness.

Horstmeyer also singled out the positive play of senior center Genevieve Swedor (7 points, 2 rebounds), who earned her first career start, and sophomore guard Michelle Wald, who played a career-high 12 minutes after previously seeing only five total minutes at Cal.

The Bears led for the first 15 minutes of the game, but they were forced to play catch-up for the final 25 minutes and never regained the lead. Cal mounted one final charge after SDSU built its then-biggest lead of the game at 13 at 49-36 with 9:51 left in the game. The Bears dug in and ran off eight-straight points, two from Courtney Johnson, two from Swedor and four from Latasha O'Keith, to close to within 49-44 with 7:38 to go. The Bears then went cold, scoring only five points and committing six of their 24 turnovers down the stretch.

Cal jumped out to a 12-4 lead seven minutes into the game, but the Bears offense then went stagnant over the next 10 minutes, as San Diego State went on a 13-2 run to grab a 17-14 lead with 3:45 until intermission. The Aztecs increased their advantage to 26-19 at the half with Tanisha Knight posting five of her game-high 15 points. The Bears offense was hurt by a 3-of-9 effort from the foul line in the first half and a 15-of-26 overall performance for the game.

Also in double-figure scoring for the Aztecs were Jamey Cox (12) and Anita Bundage (11).

Cal shot only 36.2 percent from the field, which included an 0-for-7 effort from three-point range from the Pac-10's top three-point shooting percentage team. SDSU converted on 41.9 percent of its field goals and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-7).

The Bears close out their non-conference slate at San Jose State, Thursday, Dec. 28. The game can be seen live on FOX Sports Net Bay Area at 5 p.m.

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