Women's Hoops Blast Past Cal
Jan. 6, 2001
BERKELEY - California surrendered a halftime lead for the second-straight gameand fell to Arizona State, 58-47, Saturday at Haas Pavilion. With their firstwin in Berkeley since the 1991-92 season, the Sun Devils improved to 9-5, 1-1in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears dropped to 4-8, 0-2 in league play.
'We did a lot of good things,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'We're just notputting a whole game together. When we do that, I think we'll be verydangerous. We just haven't done that.'
One key to ASU's win was that it converted on 17-of-25 free throws, while Calwent to the line only five times (made three).
'Considering we're averaging 20-25 free throws per game, taking only five is afactor,' said Horstmeyer. 'I guess we needed to attack better. I still wouldfind it hard to believe that we would only shoot five free throws. And, it wasone player (Becky Staubes). Not one post player shot a free throw. I do feel weneeded to be more aggressive offensively.'
Cal shot a respectable 42.0 percent from the field and held ASU to 39.6percent, marking the first game this year that Cal lost (4-1) after holding anopponent to a field goal percentage under 40 percent.
'This is the best defense I've seen Cal play in a long time,' said ASU coachCharli Turner Thorne, who was an assistant to Horstmeyer at Santa Clara from1990-93.
For the second Pac-10 game in a row, Cal put together a strong first half. TheBears built leads of 16-8 (11:02) and 18-10 with 9:42 until intermission behindeight points from junior center Ami Forney. ASU went on an 8-0 run, capped by athree pointer from guard Betsy Boardman, to even the score at 18-18 with 8:03to play. Cal led 27-26 at the half, shooting 44.4 percent in the opening stanzato the Sun Devils 37.0.
The Sun Devils gained their first lead since being up 2-0 a minute and 20seconds into the second half at 29-27 and never surrendered it again. Afterhaving only six turnovers in the first half, Cal committed eight turnovers andscored only one point over the first 6:25 of the second period. But due to someintense defense of the Bears own, they found themselves down only 33-28.
ASU built its lead to double digits at 48-38 with 6:14 left in the game withtheir leading scorer entering the game, Amanda Levens, leading the charge withsix of her eight points today. The Bears couldn't get any closer than sixpoints the rest of the way.
Forney, who scored a career-high 22 points against Arizona Thursday, led Calwith 12 points and seven rebounds. Cal's Staubes and senior guard Kenya Corleyposted eight each. Boardman paced the Sun Devils with 14 points and centerMelody Johnson added 13 points and a team-high seven boards.
Cal makes it first Pac-10 road trip next week. The Bears play Oregon, Thurs.,Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., before facing Oregon State, Sat., Jan. 13, at 1 p.m., on FOXSports Net.