Husky Women Take Down Cal, 65-52

Jan. 2, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore forward Jill Bell came off the bench to score 14 points, while junior guard Kristen O'Neill added 13 as Washington women's basketball defeated California, 65-52, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies (6-7, 2-1) won their second-straight game and first Pac-10 road contest, handing the Golden Bears (7-5, 1-2) their first loss of the season at home.

Bell, who matched her career-high in scoring, shot 7-for-9 from the field and was one of three Huskies to pull down seven rebounds. Sophomores Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson also recorded seven boards.

UW Freshman guard Emily Florence equaled her career-high with nine points and tallied four steals. Jessica Lawson was the only Cal player to finish in double-figures with 12 points. Kiki Williams also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Bears.

Washington and Cal played a fairly even first half, a period that saw Cal jump out to an eight-point lead in the early minutes (10-2), only to be equaled by a nine-point Husky advantage at the midway point (25-16). The Huskies held a four-point lead at halftime, 34-30, and didn't look back in the second-half. The Bears opened the second frame with a bucket and free-throw from Lawson to get within one, but from there it was all Washington.

The Huskies used a 13-2 run to lead by as many as 17 points - 59-42 at 7:22 - with five different players scoring baskets in that span. The 13-point final advantage was the Huskies' largest winning margin of the season.

Washington outshot Cal, 35 percent to 28 percent, and finished with a 49-47 advantage on the boards. For the second-straight game, UW struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 2-for-16 from a 13 percent clip.

The Huskies face No. 5 Stanford, Sunday at 7 p.m., at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto. The game will be televised by FSN Northwest. The Cardinal defeated Washington State today, 72-39.

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