Cal Nearly Pulls The Upset Against No. 6 Stanford
Feb. 1, 2003
BERKELEY - California was just minutes away from its first home victory against Bay Area rival Stanford in 10 years but could not hang on, ultimately falling to the sixth-ranked Cardinal, 53-50, Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
Sarah Pool's three-point attempt to tie the game bounced to the right as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
'We cut it back down to three and had the chance to tie it at the buzzer. We were in a position to tie it against a very good Stanford team,' said a dissapointed California head coach Caren Horstmeyer.
'We wanted to spread them out, penetrate, and kick. Obviously, we would have liked to have had the game end in a different situation.'
Leigh Gregory's three-pointer at the 6:47 mark capped a 9-2 run that gave Cal its largest lead of the game at 46-38. A trio of three-pointers fueled the run, including two by Kristin Iwanaga and the one from Gregory.
Stanford responded with a 13-0 run, including nine points from Nicole Powell, to give the Cardinal a 51-46 advantage. A layup by Iwanaga cut the deficit to three with 1:33 to play, but a pair of free throws by Powell inched the lead back to five, at 53-48, with just 26 ticks on the clock.
'We did a good job on Powell all game, but when she takes over, we have to do a better job, added Horstmeyer.'
On the ensuing posession, Gregory hit a layup to cut the lead to three again. The Bears immediately fouled Chelsea Trotter who missed the front end of a one-and-one and gave Cal one final chance. Cal, which had already used all of its timeouts, raced the ball upcourt, but was unable to get a good look at the basket and could do nothing but watch when Pool's shot hit off the rim.
The first half featured nine lead changes and three ties before Stanford took a 28-27 lead into the break. Neither team ever led by more than four points.
Iwanaga finished with 12 points to lead the Cal attack, while Gregory chipped in 11 and a team-high six rebounds. Amber White added six points for her most prolific showing in the last 10 games. Pool had six assists.
Powell finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Stanford. This game marked the first time this season that the Cardinal were held to just one player in double figures.
In addition, Stanford's 53 points and two three-pointers were season lows.
California falls to 7-12 overall, 3-7 Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 17-2, 8-1 Pac-10.
Cal continues its homestand when it hosts Oregon State (Thurs., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.) and Oregon (Sat., Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.) at Haas Pavilion.