Bears Win Thriller Over UCLA, 58-57

Feb. 4, 2001

The UCLA women's basketball team lost a 58-57 decision to Californiathis afternoon in Pauley Pavilion before a crowd of 1,672. Cal's Ami Forney,a 6-2 junior forward, scored on a layup after taking an inbounds pass fromCourtney Johnson under the Golden Bear basket with 3.5 seconds on the clockto provide the visitors with the winning margin. UCLA's Kristee Portermisfired on a running shot from just outside the Bruin free throw line asthe final buzzer sounded.

Cal built a 32-21 halftime advantage after holding the Bruins to justtwo points over the final 4:08 of the period, while breaking a 19-all tiewith a 13-2 run. In the second half, the Golden Bears upped their margin to38-23 with16:17 to play on a basket by guard Kenya Corley. UCLA stepped upits defense and held Cal scoreless for almost six minutes, until 10:33remained on the clock, and narrowed the margin to 38-36 on a layin by centerMalika Leatham. The Bruin momentum helped them to take their biggest lead ofthe game at 47-42, with 5:51 on the clock. Corley then hit a three-pointshot for Cal to break the ice and narrow the gap to 47-45.

After the teams tied at 47-all with 4:52 to play, there were seven leadchanges down the stretch. Brook Coulter's three-point shot for Cal put theBears ahead 56-54 with 59 seconds to play. UCLA's Michelle Greco answered byhitting a pair of free throws at the 35 second mark to tie the game at 56.Natalie Nakase forced a Bear turnover on the next possession and was fouledwith 20 seconds on the clock. Nakase made the first attempt but missed thesecond of the two-shot bonus situation, and Cal grabbed the rebound. TheBears failed to connect on an outside shot, but managed to get the reboundand their attempt at a follow shot was blocked out of bounds by UCLA'sWhitney Jones with five seconds on the clock, setting the stage for Forney'sgame-winner.

Greco led UCLA, now 3-17, 2-7, with 18 points for the game. Corleypaced Cal with a game-high 25 points. The Golden Bears record improved to8-11, 4-5 in the Pac-10. UCLA's next game is at USC on Saturday, Feb. 10, at2 p.m. in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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