Women's Basketball Falls To Sun Devils

Dec. 23, 2001

Tempe, Ariz. - Senior center Ami Forney posted 20 points and 11 reboundsbut it wasn't enough to prevent Cal from losing to Arizona State 63-49Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

'We struggled to score in stretches, but our players didn't give up,'said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'Our defense was fairly good. I wastrying to make sure the team didn't put their heads down. Our turnovershurt us. We did stop Melody Johnson (7 points). A lot of credit goes toAmi Forney.'

The Golden Bears fifth-straight loss dropped their record to 4-5 overalland 0-2 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils improved to 10-3 overall and 1-1in league play. This was the Bears first loss this season that was bymore than six points.

Forney posted her second double-double of the season and ninth of hercareer today. Cal's next leading scorer was sophomore guard LaTashaO'Keith had nine. Amber White had another big game for assists withseven. While Forney was the only Bear in double-figures, four Sun Devilshad at least 10 points. Amanda Levens led the way with 16 points,followed by Betsy Boardman, Cian Carvalho and Carrie Buckner with 12 apiece.

Cal stayed within 10 points of Arizona State for the entire first halfand even led by as many as four points at 10-6 and 12-8 with 12:19 untilhalftime. Then the Sun Devils went on a 9-0 run to pull ahead 17-12 fourminutes later. They built their biggest lead of the first half of nineat 28-19 before Cal's Jackie Lord nailed a three-pointer, her firstcareer points, to bring the Bears within 28-22 with just under threeminutes. ASU led 31-22 at the half.

Horstmeyer was unhappy with the lack of fouls being called in the firsthalf and was whistled for her first technical foul of the season with18.6 seconds in the half. The Bears and Sun Devils were each only 1-of-2from the charity stripe in the first half. For the game, Cal was 3-of-7from the charity stripe and ASU was 5-of-9.

Two and a half minutes into the second half, ASU wasted little timebuilding its then -biggest lead of the game at 42-26. But the resilientBears quickly put a 7-0 run (42-33) on the Sun Devils to close to withinnine at 15:58. That was as close as Cal would get the rest of the gameas their offense stalled. After ASU pulled away by 19, Cal clawed towithin 13 following a layup by Olga Volkova.

The Bears were hurt by 27 turnovers, including 17 in the first half. Cal(44.0) did outshoot ASU (41.5) from the floor.

Cal takes a couple days off for the Christmas holiday and then begins toprepare for the USC game Dec. 28.

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