California Upsets No. 23 Oregon, 68-57
Feb. 10, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - California blew past No. 23 Oregon midway through the second half Saturday night, staging a crowd-rousing 68-57 upset over the Ducks inside Haas Pavilion. Junior center Ami Forney dominated the paint with a huge career-high 16 rebound, 12 point double-double. Senior guard Kenya Corley finished off the Ducks with 19 second half points to secure the win, California's first over Oregon in 16 games.
'We turned it around by playing together with the total belief that we could win,' said California head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'If we were going to be successful we needed to put it together. This game was really important and this Cal team we have is a team that will get this program on the rise.'
Down 29-22 at halftime, California (10-11 overall, 6-5 in the Pac-10) rose to the occasion with 11:05 remaining in the second half when senior guard Courtney Johnson hit a three-pointer to cut the Oregon (12-9 overall, 5-6 in the Pac-10) lead down to eight, 47-39. Forney would added four more points, all from the charity stripe, to cut the Ducks' lead down further, 47-43. Senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh came up next, hitting a field goal and chipping in a free throw, making way for Johnson to step up to the line and hit her two foul shots, and, with much fanfare, California suddenly capped a 9-0 run that saw the Bears reclaim the lead, 48-47, with 7:00 left in the contest.
'The second half was a lot better than the first,' said Horstmeyer. 'The team showed a tremendous fight. You just can't get down against a team like that. To build the lead was fantastic.'
Build the lead they did. The win was California's fourth Pac-10 win in a row, the first time the Bears have put together a four-game conference winning streak since the 1991-92 season. California also ended a 15 game losing streak to the Ducks, handing the Golden Bear seniors the first Oregon win of their careers. With emotions running high, the entire squad embraced at center-court while Horstmeyer addressed the crowd over the public address system, thanking them and the Cal student body for all their enthusiastic support over the course of the night. Haas Pavilion was, needless to say, very loud. Women's basketball again felt the love of Harmon old.
Johnson finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
Oregon was led in scoring by senior forward Angelina Wolvert's 18 points. Senior forward Brianne Meharry added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks.
California returns to action Friday, Feb. 16, at Stanford in a 7:30 p.m. Bay TV game.