Women's Hoops Wins First Pac-10 Game of the Season

Jan. 13, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - California rallied from a 10-0 deficit to start the game to defeat Oregon State, 79-72, Saturday at Gill Coliseum in front of a FOX Sports Net audience. The win broke the Bears three-game losing streak and improved their record to 5-9, 1-3 in Pac-10 play. The Beavers fell to 9-4, 1-2 in league play.

'I'm very happy the way our team came back after being beat by 30 points by Oregon,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'I think our team could have very well have just put their heads down, and they didn't. They came out down 10-0 and fought back to get into the game. From that point on, I think they started to develop some confidence.'

Cal shot a season-best 51.9 percent from the field and a season-best five players in double-figure points. Kenya Corley and Courtney Johnson paced Cal with 14 points each, followed by 13 from Amber White and Latasha O'Keith, and 11 from Brook Coulter. White and O'Keith both hit for career highs this afternoon. Felecia Ragland led OSU with 26 points, followed by Ericka Cook with 14.

After Oregon opened the game with a 10-0 run, O'Keith scored eight of her 10 first half points to ignite a 10-2 Bear run, bringing the Bears to within two at 12-10 with 11:26 until halftime. O'Keith was the first of many Bears to realize that they could take the Beavers to the hoop off the dribble.l The Bears grabbed their first lead at 15-14 (10:09) to play following a layup from White. The Bears responded once again when the Beavers went up 27-20 to close the half on a 12-4 run to lead 32-31 at the break. The final run into the locker room included Coulter draining her second three pointer of the half.

Eight minutes into the second half, Corley took over the game for the Bears. After being held scoreless in the first half, she posted five-straight points to propel the Bears into its then-biggest lead of the game at 50-44 with 10:11 left in the game. Two three-pointers by Ragland closed the gap to 52-20 with 8:55 remaining. But nine more points from Corley and four from Johnson extended Cal's lead to its biggest of the game at 65-55 with 3:33 to play.

The Beavers then put the Bears on the foul line on a regular basis and closed to within two at 70-68 with 1:22 play, as Cal went 3-of-8 from the charity stripe during that stretch. The Bears then went 9-for-12 from the foul line the rest of the way to seal Horstmeyer's first Pac-10 victory.

Cal next returns home to entertain Stanford Saturday, Jan. 20, at noon. For the third week in a row, the Bears will be on the FOX Sports Net game of the week.

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