Cal Can't Hold off Washington State

Feb. 13, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Three players scored in double figures for the California women's basketball team but it wasn't enough to hold off a determined Washington State squad as the Cougars picked up a 67-64 win Thursday evening at Friel Court.

Cal trailed for virtually the entire second half, taking a one-point lead just once at 58-57 following a layup by Leigh Gregory with just 2:04 to play. But WSU responded with back-to-back three-pointers by Bianca McCall and Lindsey Egeland sandwiched around a laypup by Cal's Kiki Williams to give the Cougars a three-point advantage, 63-60, with 1:15 to play.

Williams hit both ends of a two-shot foul to cut the lead to one, 63-62, with 42 seconds left. A missed WSU shot followed by a Cal turnover and subsequent foul set up a frenzy in the final nine seconds. McCall stepped to the line for a one-and-one and calmly sank the first shot, while underneath the basket a pushing foul was called on Williams. McCall sank her second free throw and then Egeland stepped to the stripe and hit her two free throws to close out the scoring for the Cougars with the score 67-62 and just nine seconds to play.

Renee Wright converted a layup for the Bears with just two seconds to cut the WSU advantage to three, but just two seconds remained. Three consecutive timeouts were called, including one by the Cougars after Egeland could not find anyone to inbound the ball to. Following the final timeout, McCall took the ball out of bounds and threw an overhand pass to a streaking Egeland at the other end of the court as time expired.

The victory snaps a 45-game losing streak for Washington State and a 34-game Pac-10 losing skid. Ironically, WSU's last conference win came at the expense of the Golden Bears in 2001.

The first half featured nine lead changes as the Cougars built as large as a 10-point lead, 27-17, following a basket by Candy Fields at the 2:31 mark that capped a 7-0 WSU run. The Bears managed to close out the half strong, scoring eight of the final 10 points to cut their halftime deficit to just four, 29-25.

Gregory led the Bears in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points. Kristin Iwanaga added 11 and Timea Ivanyi 10 to go along with seven rebounds.

Cal dominated on the boards, outrebounding WSU by 10 overall and by seven on the offensive end.

Iwanaga, who was a perfect four-for-four from the free throw line in the game, steps into the role as the school's all-time free throw percentage leader with a career-mark of .866 (103-119). The previous mark was .796 set by Kelley Tatum (1993-96).

McCall paced the Cougars with 20 points, including a nine-for-nine showing from the charity stripe. Egeland added 17 points and three three-pointers. The Cougars shot .462 (24-52) for the game, their best effort of the season.

Cal closes out its roadtrip when it plays at Washington Sat., Feb. 15. Gametime at Bank of America Arena is 12 p.m.

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