Women's Hoops Tops Visiting Cougars With 69-56 Victory

Jan. 25, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. - California rolled through the visiting Cougars Thursday night for a 69-56 victory over Washington State inside Haas Pavilion. Senior guard Courtney Johnson tossed in a game-high 18 points for the Bears in the effort.

'I was very pleased with the way we started this game,' said California head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'I thought we came out very aggressively which put Washington State back on its heels. In the second half, when we started pressing and getting after them a little bit, that started causing turnovers on their team and made them a little flustered and unable to run their offense.'

A 34-30 halftime advantage for California (6-10 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10) made the first half seem closer than it really was. Washington State (8-9 overall, 3-4 in the Pac-10) rallied late in the set to pull back within biting distance of the Bears and appeared to be heading into the locker room with a bit of momentum behind them.

Wasting no time to start the second half, Washington State came out fighting, opening up a seven point, 46-39 lead on the Bears just 5:12 into the half. That's just about when California decided enough was enough. Coming out of a media timeout just 17 seconds later, Johnson stepped up to nail a huge three pointer for the Bears to cut the Cougars lead to four. The spark would materialize into a 20-4 run by California and a 59-50 lead with 6:03 remaining in the game. It was a spark that Washington State could not extinguish before turning into a full-fledged inferno.

Not helping the Cougars one bit was their 0-for-8 performance from behind the arc over the course of the night. Washington State was also out-rebounded 38-25, including an 18-9 deficit in offensive boards to the Bears.

'I was excited with the play that we got from a number of our players,' said Horstmeyer. 'I thought our post players played very well, both Lauren Ashbaugh and Ami Forney.'

Senior forward Ashbaugh finished the night with 13 points and six rebounds for the Bears while senior forward Brook Coulter tallied 10 points in her first start for California. Sophomore forward Amber White shot 3-of-4 from the floor to score seven points while grabbing seven boards in 21 minutes off the bench. Junior center Forney too finished with seven points and seven boards.

Washington State was led in scoring by senior forward Yvonne Volkman, who came off the bench to tally 15 points. Sophomore center Kelley Berglund recorded 12 points for the Cougars.

California returns to action Saturday, January 27th, against Washington inside Haas Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

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