Women's Basketball Loses a Defensive Battle to Arizona State, 58-47

Jan. 6, 2001

BERKELEY - California surrendered a halftime lead for the second-straight game and fell to Arizona State, 58-47, Saturday at Haas Pavilion. With their first win in Berkeley since the 1991-92 season, the Sun Devils improved to 9-5, 1-1 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears dropped to 4-8, 0-2 in league play.

'We did a lot of good things,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'We're just not putting a whole game together. When we do that, I think we'll be very dangerous. We just haven't done that.'

One key to ASU's win was that it converted on 17-of-25 free throws, while Cal went to the line only five times (made three).

'Considering we're averaging 20-25 free throws per game, taking only five is a factor,' said Horstmeyer. 'I guess we needed to attack better. I still would find it hard to believe that we would only shoot five free throws. And, it was one player (Becky Staubes). Not one post player shot a free throw. I do feel we needed to be more aggressive offensively.'

Cal shot a respectable 42.0 percent from the field and held ASU to 39.6 percent, marking the first game this year that Cal lost (4-1) after holding an opponent to a field goal percentage under 40 percent.

'This is the best defense I've seen Cal play in a long time,' said ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne, who was an assistant to Horstmeyer at Santa Clara from 1990-93.

For the second Pac-10 game in a row, Cal put together a strong first half. The Bears built leads of 16-8 (11:02) and 18-10 with 9:42 until intermission behind eight points from junior center Ami Forney. ASU went on an 8-0 run, capped by a three pointer from guard Betsy Boardman, to even the score at 18-18 with 8:03 to play. Cal led 27-26 at the half, shooting 44.4 percent in the opening stanza to the Sun Devils 37.0.

The Sun Devils gained their first lead since being up 2-0 a minute and 20 seconds into the second half at 29-27 and never surrendered it again. After having only six turnovers in the first half, Cal committed eight turnovers and scored only one point over the first 6:25 of the second period. But due to some intense defense of the Bears own, they found themselves down only 33-28.

ASU built its lead to double digits at 48-38 with 6:14 left in the game with their leading scorer entering the game, Amanda Levens, leading the charge with six of her eight points today. The Bears couldn't get any closer than six points the rest of the way.

Forney, who scored a career-high 22 points against Arizona Thursday, led Cal with 12 points and seven rebounds. Cal's Staubes and senior guard Kenya Corley posted eight each. Boardman paced the Sun Devils with 14 points and center Melody Johnson added 13 points and a team-high seven boards.

Cal makes it first Pac-10 road trip next week. The Bears play Oregon, Thurs., Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., before facing Oregon State, Sat., Jan. 13, at 1 p.m., on FOX Sports Net.

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