Ducks Squeak Past the Bears

Feb. 8, 2003

BERKELEY - Oregon's Alissa Edwards hit the gamewinner, a 12-foot jumper from the left side, with four seconds to play as the Ducks hung on for a 54-52 victory against California Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

After four consecutive timeouts, the Golden Bears inbounded the ball from about 65 feet away with just 2.1 seconds on the clock. The ball landed in the hands of Kristin Iwanaga who could do little else but throw up a desperation three-pointer.

Nihan Anaz's jumper with 2:36 to play tied the game at 52-52. And both teams had plenty of opportunities to take the lead. But misses by Oregon's Carolyn Ganes and Andrea Bills sandwiched a miss by Anaz. Then Gregory missed a shot, but Olga Volkova grabbed what would be only Cal's eighth offensive rebound of the game. Volkova, perhaps surprised that she was so open, opted for what would be an unsuccessful three-point shot with 1:01 to play.

Oregon's Davis missed her next attempt with 42 seconds as did Leigh Gregory with 17 ticks to play. Oregon called timeout with 11 seconds and designed the play that would give them the victory.

The Ducks led for virtually the entire half save for a brief perioid when Cal took a one-point lead at 47-46 after a Gregory free throw. Back-to-back baskets by Ganes put Oregon back up by three (50-47) before a pair of free throws from Gregory and one from Anaz knotted the score at 50-50. Ganes made a couple from the stripe and Anaz's basket at 2:36 tied the score for the final time at 52-52.

California made just one basket in the final 8:10 of the game, while hitting five free throws.

The Bears suffered through yet another long scoring drought, this one of just more than 8 1/2 minutes in the first half during which the Ducks scored 13 straight to turn a three-point deficit into a 10 point advantage at 15-5. A layup by Ivanyi at the 8:52 mark broke the spell and the teams went to the locker room with Oregon ahead 27-24.

Gregory had perhaps her best game in a Cal uniform as the sophomore forward scored a career-high 22 points, including a 13-for-15 showing from the free throw line. She becomes the fourth Bear this year to surpass the 20+-point mark for a single game. In addition, her 13 free throws are also the most by a Cal player this season.

Anaz (13) and Timea Ivanyi (10) also scored in double digits for Cal. Olga Volkova paced the Bears with eight rebounds, including three in the final 1:33 of the game.

Ganes was the only Oregon player in double figures as she posted 17 points and added eight rebounds. Andrea Bills also had eight boards for the Ducks.

California falls to 8-13 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-10. With the win, Oregon improves to 9-13 overall and 5-8 in Pac-10 play.

Cal plays four of its last six regular season games on the road beginning with a trip to the state of Washington this week. The Bears will play at Washington State Thurs., Feb. 13 and at Washington Sat., Feb. 15.

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