Cal Edged By Oregon, 58-51
Feb. 26, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California center Khadijah Coakley posted her second career double-double on Senior Day, but the Golden Bears lost to Oregon, 58-51, on Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Cal fell to 10-17 overall (4-14 in the Pac-10), while Oregon improved to 19-8 (12-6 Pac-10).
'That was a tough one,' Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'We have a special group of seniors we really wanted to win this game for. I thought the team as a whole came out and played with passion, fire and drive. And, you want to protect your home court.'
Coakley's feat came eight days after her first double-double, also off the bench, in a 73-61 loss at UCLA. This time, the senior notched 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Krista Foster added nine points off the bench for the Bears.
'Khadijah Coakley played one of the best games I think I've ever seen (her play),' Horstmeyer added. 'and defensively made incredible plays.'
After trailing 32-27 at the half, Cal stayed within striking distance of Oregon for the entire second half. The Ducks led by as many as 36-27 with 19:05 to play. The Bears closed to within three points at 46-43 after a free throw by Coakley with 8:05 to go and to within 48-45 on an offensive rebound and putback by Coakley with 4:36 on the clock.
Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld then drained her only three-pointer of the game to put the Ducks up 51-45, and the Bears ran out of time to play catch-up.
Less than two minutes into the game, Cal led 5-1 on a basket by senior forward Leigh Gregory, and Oregon went ahead for good at 8-5 on a trey by Brandi Davis. The Ducks didn't lead by more than eight points in the first half.
Cal outrebounded a much-taller Oregon squad, 41-33. Junior forward Renee Wright added six rebounds for Cal off the bench.
The Bears' zone was effective during the last two games, holding Oregon State to 60 points and Oregon to 58 points. Kraayeveld led the Ducks with 14 points, followed by Kristen Forristall with 12 and Davis with 10 points. Cal held Oregon to 36.5 percent shooting, but hit only 37.3 percent of its own chances.
The Bears open the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 8 seed against No. 9-seed Washington State, Friday, March 4 at 8:15 p.m. at the HP Pavilion.
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