Bears Down Cal Poly, 63-41

Dec. 4, 2002

BERKELEY - Sophomore point guard Kristin Iwanaga posted 16 points as the Golden Bears downed Cal Poly 63-41 Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears, which posted their biggest margin of victory since an 80-45 pasting of Lipscomb Jan. 4 of this year, improved to 2-2, while the Mustangs fell to 2-3.

Guards Heidi Wittstrom and Kari Duperron paced Cal Poly with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After holding a 27-19 lead at the half, an Iwanaga basket extended Cal's advantage to double figures for good at 36-25 with 14:01.

The Bears were able to build their lead to 19 (50-31) with 5:01 to play by receiving contributions from a variety of players. All fifteen dressed players saw action tonight, and 12 of them contributed in the scoring column. Senior walk-on forward Audrey Watler had her best game of the young season, tallying seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 17 minutes of action off the bench.

'Whenever Audrey goes in, she usually helps us out because of her intensity and her enthusiasm' said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'She's also a smart player. She's hard on herself, and that may be good in a lot of ways. She has a great ability to score. Sometimes when you have as many players as we do, you have a player like Audrey that can get lost. In practice, she's made me notice her.'

In response to Cal Poly's three-two zone, the Bears took a season-high 21 three pointers and tied their season high with seven makes. Iwanaga led the long-range charge, converting four of her eight attempts. Freshmen guards Sarah Pool and Lexie Helgerson, along with redshirt sophomore forward Kiki Williams also drained three-pointers. Pool had her best collegiate game with seven points, four rebounds and four assists.

'Cal Poly decided that if we were going to beat them we were going to have to do it from the perimeter,' said Horstmeyer. 'What we tried to do was get our shooters in the game we know are good against the zone. They did a good job hitting a couple threes. Hitting some big threes helped us, and being able to penetrate and kick against the zone was when we started to get rolling a little bit. And, we forced some turnovers on them we were able to capitalize on.'

Both teams got off to a sluggish start offensively, but Cal was the only team able to regain its shooting touch. The Mustangs held their last lead of the game at 12-10 with 7:16 remaining in the first half. The Bears never trailed again following a 10-1 run ignited by threes from Iwanaga and Williams.

Cal Poly shot 29.6 percent from the floor, while Cal's field goal percentage climbed to 39.4 after a 45.5 percent effort in the second half. The Bears also held a commanding 47-35 edge on the glass with junior center Timea Ivanyi leading the way with a career-high nine boards.

Cal wraps up a six-game homestand this weekend as host of the 12th-annual Oakland Tribune Classic. The Bears face Penn, which lost to Villanova, 65-54, tonight, Saturday at 3 p.m. Colorado battles Evansville in the tournament's first game at 1 p.m.

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