UA Women's Basketball Tops Cal, 76-68

Jan. 26, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. (Jan. 26) - The Arizona women's basketball team withstood a pair of late second-half runs by California to beat the Bears, 76-68, in Berkeley on Saturday. The Wildcats, who have won five of their last seven games, went to 10-10 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action, while Cal slipped to 6-13 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

The first 15 minutes of the game featured six ties and seven lead changes, with neither team going up by more than four points. Then the Wildcats scored 10 unanswered points to take a 32-22 lead with 39 seconds left in the first half. Cal nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cats only a seven-point (32-25) advantage at halftime.

Arizona opened the lead back up to 13 points (46-33) by beginning the second half with a 14-8 spurt. The Bears fought back and cut the lead to nine (55-46) midway through the second half before the Wildcats used a 9-2 spurt to push out to their largest lead of the game at 16 points (64-48).

The Cats then went cold from the floor, and Cal climbed back into the game with eight unanswered points, slicing Arizona's lead down to eight (64-56) with 4:23 remaining in the contest. Just 30 seconds later, Wildcat Candice Allen drained a crucial trey to stop the California run.

Arizona managed a double-digit lead for the next three minutes, until a pair of Cal three-pointers cut the deficit to only seven (75-68) with seven seconds remaining. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney connected on one of two free throw attempts with five seconds left as the Wildcats hung on for the win.

Senior center LaKeisha Taylor came off the bench for a game-high 19 points, including 13 in the second half alone, and grabbed seven rebounds. Elizabeth Pickney finished with 15 points and a career- and game-high 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb drained a trio of three-pointers on her way to 15 points, and fellow sophomore Candice Allen had another across-the-board game with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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