ASU Women's Hoops Beats Cal In Defensive Battle, 56-40

Jan. 24, 2002

BERKELEY - The Pac-10's top two defensive teams squared off tonight at HaasPavilion, with the Arizona State Sun Devils defeating the California GoldenBears, 56-40. Cal drops to 6-12 (1-8 Pac-10) on the season, while the SunDevils improved to 16-5 (7-3).

This is Cal's lowest point production since February 10, 2000, when the Bearsdropped a 52-33 decision to Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.

'I thought our team was mentally ready, and I knew they truly believed theycould beat Arizona State,' said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'I feel wecame out prepared to win the game. We made some adjustments from the first game(against ASU). Our wings could never get open in the first game. We worked onit so the wings got open. We didn't utilize our posts very well.'

Shining for the Bears in the loss was sophomore guard LaTasha O'Keith, who had13 points and was the only Cal player to score in double digits. O'Keith hasnow posted double figure points in four of the last five games. She added sixdefensive rebounds in her 26 minutes. Leigh Gregory also added nine points andthree rebounds, playing nearly the entire game (36 minutes). Senior center AmiForney, Cal's leading scorer entering the game at 12.9 ppg, was held to onlyfour shots from the field, ending the night with seven points.

'Ami only getting four shots...we have to get her more shots than that,' saidHorstmeyer. 'They were obviously trying to take her away. The post defense wasbetter. They fronted her a lot. We need to work on getting her the ball alittle bit (more).'

Senior forward Cian Carvalho came up big for the Sun Devils, putting up a 14point, seven rebound performance. Senior guard Amanda Levens also performedwell, adding 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win.

The two teams played it close in the first half, neither team able to scratchout more than a five point lead. O'Keith had 10 of her points in the period,and the Bears outrebounded ASU 18-14.

'You get two defensive teams together, and it's often ugly,' said Arizona Statehead coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'I was proud of our second-half effort. Westarted being more patient on offense, and we rebounded a lot better.'

After being outrebounded in the first half, ASU held a 35-26 rebounding edgefor the game.

Leading 24-22 to start the second half, Arizona State jumped out to a 21-7 run,spearheaded by seven points by Carvalho, and seven-of-seven shooting by the SunDevil squad. ASU held Cal scoreless for over nine minutes, before the spell wasbroken by an Amber White basket with 6:22 left to play, and the Bears in a45-31 hole. Cal was unable to mount a comeback effort, despite a quick 6-2 runlate in the game. White got into foul trouble early, carrying four fouls forthe majority of the half.

'In the first half, great defense for both teams, but not great offense,' saidHosrstmeyer. 'Second half, ASU comes out and hits shots. We don't make enoughshots. We don't get enough shots. We can't score, but yet we still held them to56 points. The problem is we only had 40.'

Perhaps a bright side for Cal was that the young team limited its turnovers,only losing the ball 18 times to ASU's 17. The Bears' defense also played moreaggressively, recording 10 steals on the night to the Sun Devils two.

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