UCLA Falls To Cal In Women's Basketball, 65-58
Dec. 31, 2005
Berkeley, CA - A cold-shooting UCLA women's basketball team dropped its first Pac-10 Conference game of the season, falling to Cal, 65-58, Friday night at Haas Pavilion. Lisa Willis led UCLA with 17 points and moved into second place on the Pac-10 career steals list and into a tie for third on the three-point list, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins shot just 32.3% from the field. Cal freshman forward/center Devanei Hampton posted 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. The Golden Bears improved to 10-3 overall (2-1 Pac-10), while the Bruins, who entered the game with a share of the Pac-10 lead, fell to 7-5 (2-1).
Tonight's game pitted the Pac-10's No. 1 offense in UCLA (82.4 ppg) against the conference's top defense in Cal (53.0 ppg), and the Bears held the Bruins to a season-low 58 points.
Cal, which never trailed, jumped out to an 11-2 lead with 12:45 left in the first half and took a 17-8 edge with under nine minutes until halftime. The Bruins didn't get any closer than five points the rest of the half and trailed 28-20 at the break. Hampton already had her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the teams entered the locker room.
In the second half, Cal took its bigget lead of the game, 35-20, on a fast-break layup by Renee Wright and also led 37-22 at the 14:16 mark. UCLA then went on a 16-5 run over the next seven minutes, ignited by six points from Amanda Livingston, to close the gap to 42-38. The Bruins closed to within five points after a pair of Willis free throws at the 3:41 mark, but Ashley Walker banked in a three-point shot with the shot clock expiring to bottle the threat and give her team a 54-46 lead with 3:11 to play.
UCLA's full-court pressure forced Cal into four of its 23 turnovers for the game in the final two minutes, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Bears, who made 8-10 free throws down the stretch.
The Bruins will next face Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 pm on a nationally-televised game on Fox Sports Net.