California Bests WSU 76-63

Feb. 14, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington State's Candace Fields recorded a career-high 19 points in the Cougars' 76-63 loss to the California Bears in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.

The loss dropped WSU to 2-23 overall and 0-15 in the Pac-10. California improved to 7-17 overall and 2-13 in conference play.

In recording the game-high point total, Fields converted a career-high eight field goals on a career-high tying 10 field goal attempts. The sophomore from Coolidge, Ariz., led a group of three Cougars that scored in double figures (Whitney Martindale 15 points, Jessica Perry 10 points).

Cal's Kristin Iwanaga headed a contingent of four Bear players in double-digits with 18 points. Ami Forney, LaTasha O'Keith, and Kiki Williams each scored 13 points to complete the quartet.

Cal would extend a 33-27 halftime lead to 41-31 at the 16:36 mark of the second half. A Martindale three-pointer sparked a 7-0 WSU run that sliced Cal's advantage to 41-38 with 14:24 remaining.

However, Cal would go on a 15-1 run over the next 6:18 to extend its lead to 56-39. The Bears would maintain their double-digit advantage throughout the rest of the contest.

For the game, Cal would shoot 22-of-47 (46.8 percent) from the field while WSU was 24-of-65 (36.9 percent). In addition, the Bears converted 24-of-28 (85.7 percent) free throw attempts while the Cougars were 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the charity stripe.

Cal broke out to a 13-8 advantage in the game's opening five minutes but then endured a 6:43 stretch in which it did not score. The Cougars managed to tie the game during Cal's famine but were unable to take the lead.

Up 18-17 at the 6:55 mark, Cal went on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 26-17 with 4:04 remaining. Cal would lead by as much as 10 on two occasions but WSU would close the half with a 6-2 run to shave Cal's lead to 33-27 at the half.

Despite the scoring drought Cal would shoot 12-of-24 (50 percent) from the field in the first half while WSU shot 11-of-31 (35.5 percent).
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