Cal Falls to Washington, 65-54

Jan. 2, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - Despite leading by one point at halftime, Cal lost to Washington, 65-54, Friday night at Bank of America Arena.

Senior guards Nihan Anaz and LaTasha O'Keith led the Golden Bears (8-4, 1-2 Pac-10) with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Cal held the Huskies' top two scorers, senior guard Giuliana Mendiola (21.2 ppg) and senior center Andrea Lalum (18.5 ppg), to 14 and nine points, respectively. Several freshmen stepped up for UW, including starter Cameo Hicks with nine points and reserves Angie Jones and Cheri Craddock with eight points each.

'They obviously deliberately went to Cameo,' said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'She did a good job scoring. That got them going because Lalum and Giuliana were struggling.'

Both teams started the game sluggishly, but Washington kicked its game into gear first and built a 15-4 lead with 9:19 left in the first half. The Bears responded with a 16-0 run to pull ahead 20-15 behind nine points from Anaz. During the run, Anaz made two steals in Cal's defensive half and dribbled down court for unassisted layups. Anaz added one more coast-to-coast steal and layup in the second half and matched her career high of six steals.

Cal held Washington (8-4, 1-2) scoreless for almost seven minutes before Jones broke the Bears' run with a basket. The Huskies briefly regained the lead, but the Bears led 24-23 at the half on a layup by Olga Volkova with 1.5 seconds on the clock.

'I thought we had a very intense first half defensively,' said Horstmeyer. 'I didn't think we came out well in the second half.'

After the break, it was all Huskies for the first 15 minutes. With 12:30 to play, UW built an 11-point lead, and the Bears never were able to get the lead under double digits. The Huskies grabbed their largest lead of the game of 21 (59-38) with 4:40 to play.

'They picked up their intensity, and we told our team at halftime that they're going to come at us on the offensive board,' said Horstmeyer. 'That was No. 1. The first two possessions o-boards and put backs. Then we got back on our heels a little bit, and then they got after us a little bit.'

The Bears regained their ability to penetrate and kick to an open player and went on a 16-6 run to end the game. Anaz, O'Keith and Kristin Iwanaga each hit three-pointers during the run, and Volkova converted on a three-point play.

This was the first time all season Cal has been held under 60 points and also marked its lowest field goal percentage (36.2) in a game. The Huskies shot 42.4 percent, and outrebounded the Bears, 42-37, after Cal held a 21-16 edge on the glass in the opening stanza.

Leigh Gregory pulled down 10 caroms for Cal in her third straight double-figure rebounding effort.

Cal looks to snap a two-game losing streak at Washington State Sunday at 1 p.m.

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