Cal Ends Losing Streak
Jan. 4, 2002
NASSAU, Bahamas - The California women's basketballteam broke a seven-game losing streak with an 80-45victory over Lipscomb in the opening round of theNassau Knockout Friday night at the NationalGymnasium.
The Golden Bears improve to 5-7 (0-4 Pac-10), whileLipscomb falls to 4-11.
Despite senior center Ami Forney, Cal's leading scorerentering the game at 15.6 ppg being held to only fourpoints, the Bears offense was hitting on all cylinderstonight as nine different players contributed at leastfive points. The 80 points and 63 percent field goal(34-54) shooting for the game were both season highsfor the Bears.
Junior forward Audrey Watler led the Bears with acareer-high 18 points on 9-of-9 shooting coming off ofthe bench. Cal held a 38-16 edge on the glass for thegame with Watler leading the way with six. Juniorforward Amber White also was in double figures forCal, tying her season high of 10 points, and had fourof Cal's 10 steals. Senior guard Janet Franey added acareer-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, includingtwo threes (Cal 5-of-12 3FG), in only five minutes ofplaying time.
'We've been working with Audrey the last week and ahalf,' said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'She canscore. There's no question about that. I've beentelling Audrey that I want her to score, and that weneed her to score. I was impressed with Audrey, but Iwas most impressed with Amber. Amber playedaggressively. Amber played with confidence. Amberscored points. Amber got layups. Amber got steals. Iwant her to take that back into Pac-10s.'
Angie Ester paced Lipscomb with 14 points, shooting6-of-9 from the floor. But, overall, Cal held Lipscombto 37.5 percent shooting and forced them into 23turnovers. The only negative for Cal was its 26turnovers.
The Bears led 11-10 seven minutes into the first halfin an up-tempo game. Four different players scored asCal went on a 10-0 run to pull away from the LadyBison. By halftime, Cal built its lead to 39-19.
'For the first five minutes of the game, we playedwith them and they played with us,' said Horstmeyer.'We were more athletic, skilled and more talented, butwhen you don't play with the intensity you need to andplay as a team, you play with teams. I was impressedwith our ability to step up our play.'
Cal opened the second half with an 11-3 run, scoringlayup after layup, to build its lead to 30 points with14:32 to play. The Lady Bison didn't get any closerthan 28 points the rest of the game.
'This game is going to help us from a confidence and ateam perspective as to where we want to be when wereturn to Pac-10 play,' said Horstmeyer.
The Bears play the winner of the Bucknell-IP FortWayne game tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET. They should bewell-rested as no one played more than 21 minutesagainst Lipscomb and all 14 available players sawaction.