Women's Basketball Hosts Fresno State, Oakland Tribune Classic

Nov. 26, 2001


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Coming off an eight-day stretch without any games, California looks to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1994-95 when the Golden Bears entertain Fresno State (3-0), Wed., Nov. 28. Game time is at 5:30 p.m., at Haas Pavilion. Following the women's game, the Cal men host New Mexico at 8 p.m. The Cal men and women have a combined record of 5-0.

The Cal women then have two days to prepare for the 11th-annual Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 1-2. This year's field is one of the best in several years with 13th-ranked Georgia (2-0), UNLV (4-0) and Central Connecticut State (0-2) travelling to Berkeley.

Overall, the next two weeks are extremely busy for the Bears. Before entering finals, they also host San Francisco (Dec. 5) and Saint Mary's (Dec. 8).

The Golden Bears opened the season with a 74-60 home win over San Diego State, Nov. 12. Cal then pulled off a dramatic 18-0 run over the final 2:05 to defeat Cal Poly, 71-69, on the road, Nov. 20. The run was keyed by two three-pointers from redshirt freshman forward Kiki Williams, one from senior guard Janet Franey and one from freshman guard Nicol Berry.

Cal has relied on the right blend of offense and defense to remain perfect. Over the last several years, the Bears have become known for their defense. But with nine new players on the roster this year, some might be surprised that Cal is averaging 72.5 ppg and giving up only 64.5 ppg.

Head coach Caren Horstmeyer has been starting her top three returners from last season - senior center Ami Forney, junior forward Amber White and sophomore guard LaTahsa O'Keith - along with freshmen Kristin Iwanaga (point guard) and Leigh Gregory (forward). Gregory sustained a concussion in practice over the weekend and is listed as day-to-day.

However, Williams, a reserve, leads the team with 14.5 points per game and leads the team with a 62.5 FG percentage and 6.0 rpg. Iwanaga is averaging 13.0 ppg and 4.0 apg and has provided the team outstanding leadership despite being a freshman. Forney (12.0) and Gregory (10.0) are also averaging double digit points.

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