Bears Sweep Season Series With Oregon State with 74-60 Win

Feb. 24, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior forward Kiki Williams posted a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds to lead California to a 74-60 victory over Oregon State Thursday evening at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 10-16 overall (4-13 in the Pac-10) as they posted their first season sweep over Oregon State since the 2000-01 season. The Beavers dropped to 6-21 (1-16).

In addition to Williams, freshman center Jessica Lawson and senior guard Kristin Iwanaga carried the offensive load. Lawson tallied 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, and Iwanaga added 13 points.

After trailing 18-14 with 8:18 to play in the first half, Cal went on a 19-2 run to go ahead 33-20 with 2:24 remaining in the half. Highlighting the spurt were three straight three-pointers, the first from Iwanaga and the next two from Williams.

'I thought we really got a spark with the particular group that was out there in KI, Kiki, Jessica, Krista (Foster) and Keanna (Levy),' Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'And, Khadijah (Coakley) split time with Jessica. We went to a zone. They played the zone really well. They had 18 points and then we only allowed them four more points in the (first) half during the final nine minutes. The defensive effort in the zone was great, and it forced them to take some bad shots.'

Coakley hit a layup as time expired to send the Bears into the locker room up 38-22.

With 16:22 to play in the game, Cal grabbed its biggest lead at 52-31 on a layup from Lawson off one of sophomore guard Sarah Pool's eight assists.

Oregon State then went on an 11-2 run behind five of Shannon Howell's 21 points to close to within 54-42 with under 11 minutes on the clock. The Beavers got as close as seven points on two occasions with under three minutes to play, but the Bears sealed the win by going 8-for-8 at the charity stripe down the stretch. For the game, Cal sank 88 percent of its foul shots (22-25) and 42.6 percent of its chances from the floor.

'Between Kiki rebounding and making baskets and KI playing possessed, getting the ball down the floor in transition, it sparked us,' added Horstmeyer. 'KI has really stepped up her game, and Kiki hit big shots. Sarah Pool played controlled and played the best game she has played in a month. Sarah got Jessica the ball when Jessica needed to get the ball.'

The Bears also took excellent care of the basketball, tying their season low of 14 turnovers, and held a 38-32 edge on the glass.

Cal closes out the regular season against Oregon Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. After the game, the Bears will honor their five seniors - Williams, Iwanaga, Coakley, Leigh Gregory and Jacqueline Sanchez.