Cal Loses To No. 16 Colorado
Nov 30, 2003
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOULDER, Colo. - Tera Bjorklund had 21 points and nine rebounds,leading No. 20 Colorado to a 74-63 victory over California on Saturday night inthe championship game of the Coors Classic.
Idaho State beat Lehigh 95-52 in the consolation game.
Colorado (5-1) got 14 points from freshman Emily Waner and 13 apiece fromRandie Wirt and Kate Fagan. Wirt added 10 rebounds.
Nihan Anaz scored 17 points to lead California (3-1), which committed 30turnovers. LaTasha O'Keith had 15 points and Leigh Gregory added 14 points andeight rebounds.
The Buffaloes held a double-digit lead for much of the second half, buttwice Cal cut the deficit to five points.
Eight straight points by California, including six by Anaz, trimmed the leadto 40-35 early in the second half, but Colorado built the lead back to 14.
The Bears' 12-3 run, which included five points each by Anaz and Gregory,made it 63-58 with 2:36 remaining. But Bjorklund promptly hit a layup on a feedfrom Veronica Johns-Richardson, Fagan made a 3-pointer and Johns-Richardsonmade two free throws for a 70-58 edge with 46 seconds left.
Bjorklund had 11 points in the first half as Colorado, using a 15-0 run,took a 36-25 halftime lead.