Golden Bears Get Past Oregon, 82-57, In Pac-10 Tourney Opener
March 5, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Renee Wright scored 16 points and Kiki Williams added 15 to help California beat Oregon 82-57 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday night.
Nihan Anaz scored 14 points to help No. 9 seed California (12-16) win for the third time in four games after an 11-game losing streak. Kristin Iwanaga scored 12 points and Leigh Gregory had 11.
Williams made all five of her 3-pointers and California set a tournament record with its 11-of-19 performance from long range. Oregon was just 2-for-13 on 3-pointers.
California meets top-seeded Stanford on Saturday.
Eleanor Haring scored 18 points to lead Oregon (14-15), which had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Oregon, ranked as high as No. 20 earlier in the season, beat the Bears 77-62 a week ago to end the regular season. The Ducks also upset nationally ranked Stanford last week.
California beat the Ducks for just the third time in 23 meetings by shooting 50 percent (29-58) from the field and outrebounding them by a 40-29 margin. It was just the fourth time all season the Bears scored at least 80 points.
California led by as many as 12 points in the first half, taking a 36-24 lead with just over a minute left in the first half on a Kristin Iwanaga 3-pointer. The Bears were 6-of-10 from long range in the half.
Chelsea Wagner hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to bring Oregon to within 36-27 by the intermission.
Alisha Lewis, the Cal player who died suddenly of bacterial meningitis on Jan 19, was the subject of a touching video tribute during halftime.