California Mounts Second-Half Comeback, Beats Oregon 68-57

Feb. 10, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The backcourt of Courtney Johnson and Kenya Corley combined for 39 points leading California to a historic 68-57 Pacific-10 Conference victory over Oregon at Haas Pavilion on Saturday.

For the second straight game, the Bears (10-11, 6-5) fought back from a big second-half deficit to record their fourth straight conference win and snap a 15-game losing streak to the slumping Ducks (12-9, 5-6), who have lost four straight and six of seven.

'It was a very disappointing effort,' eighth-year Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'We kept letting them drive, getting fouled and missing offensive rebounds. We're not weathering the storm.'

Cal went on a 14-2 run capped by two free throws by Johnson to take only its third lead of the game, 48-47 with 7:07 remaining.

Angelina Wolvert, who led Oregon with 18 points, countered with a baseline drive and layup, but Corley pulled up for two straight jumpers to give Cal the lead for good.

Johnson finished with a game-high 20 points and added eight rebounds and six steals. Corley scored all of her 19 points in the second half while teammate Ami Forney added 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

'It's a part of being on the roadn' Runge said. 'We've got to be mentally tough enough to step up and shoot with a hand in your face. Our outside scoring was nil.'

The Bears, who scored 32 of the game's final 42 points, won their fourth straight conference game for the first time since 1987. Their last win over the Ducks was on March 13, 1993 in Berkeley. Oregon defeated the Bears 86-56 in Eugene on Jan. 11.

On Thursday, Cal fought back from a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat Oregon State 72-60. Corley scored 21 of her team-high 23 points in the second half of that one.

Oregon held a 41-29 lead with 14:58 left in the game, but Cal took its first lead of the half at 48-47 on two Johnson free throws with seven minutes remaining.

'The second half was a lot better than the first,' Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'The team showed a tremendous fight. You just can't get down to a team like that. To build the lead was fantastic.'

Brianne Meharry added 16 points for the Ducks, who committed 24 turnovers and made just 23-of-66 from the field (35 percent). The Bears made 14-of-27 shots in the second half when they outscored the Ducks 46-28. They outscored Oregon State 48-24 on Thursday.

Despite cold shooting, the Ducks took a 29-22 halftime lead behind eight points from Wolvert, all on layups. Oregon made just 11-of-31 shots (35 percent) and were 1-for-9 on 3-point tries. Cal took 10 less shots (it was 7-for-21) largely because of 17 turnovers.

Johnson had five of those turnovers but she also had eight points, five rebounds and four steals.

Lindsey Dion played in her 100th game for the Ducks, who return home to take on Washington State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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