Women's Basketball Defeats Cal, 58-48
Feb. 22, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team downed California, 58-48, in front of 1,043 in Pauley Pavilion Friday night. The Bruins were led by sophomore guard Gennifer Arranaga, who recorded career-bests of 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The Bruins led for most of the contest. Cal's took an early 15-11 lead with 11:25 to play on a three-pointer by LaTasha O'Keith, but the Bruins quickly took the lead back with an 11-2 run to lead 22-17 with 7:02 to play. Arranaga scored eight of her 14 points in that stretch.
UCLA pulled further away in the second half. After taking a 32-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Bruins extended the lead to as much as 13 (49-36) with 4:05 to play. Cal mounted a mini-comeback with 1:46 to play, cutting the lead to 49-40, but Natalie Nakase and Malika Leatham hit key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
O'Keith led Cal with nine points, as Cal shot just 22.6% (14-62) from the field. Ami Forney had a team-best eight rebounds.
The Bruins improve to 8-18, 4-13 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 7-19, 2-15. UCLA will close out the regular season with a home game Sunday at 2:00 pm against second-ranked Stanford. Cal will face USC in a nationally-televised game at 1:00 pm in the Sports Arena.
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