Washington Pulls Past Cal In Final Minutes, 69-68

Jan. 28, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. A second half surge and a five point lead with 7:51 remainingin the game were not enough to beat the Huskies Saturday night as Washingtonregained the lead with 1:18 to play, defeating California 69-68 inside HaasPavilion. Junior center Ami Forney erupted with a huge double-double for theBears, throwing down a career-high 27 points while pulling down 14 rebounds,also a career-high, in 36 minutes of work.

'Ami Forney was all over the court tonight,' said California head coach CarenHorstmeyer. 'From an offensive perspective, she made a difference. She wasaggressive and wanted the ball.'

With just 1:37 left on the clock, senior guard Courtney Johnson scored on afast-break lay-up to hand California (6-11 overall, 2-5 in the Pac-10) a twopoint, 68-66, lead. The Huskies came right back down the floor, missing ontheir first shot but grabbing the rebound and kicking the ball out to sophomoreguard Loree Payne who promptly hit a three-pointer, the final points of thegame, giving Washington (12-6 overall, 5-3 in the Pac-10) the 69-68 win.

California put up two shots with 12 and six seconds remaining respectively,both failing to drop, before Forney committed a foul with five seconds on theclock. Senior forward LeAnn Sheets missed both resulting free throws forWashington, giving the Bears a glimmer of hope, but the Bears final shot with asecond remaining again would not fall.

Senior guard Kenya Corley recorded 20 points for the Bears while Johnsontallied 11 points, six assists and six steals.

'To lose a game this close is hard, but we're building and playing hard as ateam,' said Horstmeyer. 'We made the game close tonight. A year ago we wouldn'thave made it so close.'

Washington went into halftime with a comfortable 39-30 lead thanks to a strongfirst half start that never saw the Huskies trailing. Senior guard Megan Franzarecorded a game-high 30 points for the Huskies, with 22 of her points coming inthe first half, shooting 11-for-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from behind thearch. Freshman center Andrea Lalum finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.Washington shot 42 percent as a team over the course of the night, bestingCal's 35 percent showing.

California hits the road next week, traveling to USC Friday for a 7:00 p.m.match-up with the Trojans before heading across town to take on UCLA Sunday at3:00 p.m.

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