Washington Edges Cal, 72-67
BERKELEY, Calif. - California played an inspired game but still came awaywith a 72-67 loss to Washington Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. TheGolden Bears fall to 9-11 overall and 2-9 in the Pac-10, while the Huskiesimproved to 12-8 overall and 5-6 in the conference with their first Pac-10road win of the season.
'Our players were not satisfied with the way we came out against WashingtonState,' said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'We came out much moreaggressive and played with passion and desire which was lacking againstWashington State.'
The game was tied at 61-61 with 7:35 to play when Washington's GiulianaMendiola took charge of the game. She scored seven of her game-high 28points down the stretch. The Huskies went up 70-65 following a three-pointplay by Mendiola with 2:15 remaining. A driving layup by Jacqueline Sanchezbrought the Bears to within three with 38 seconds left.
Cal knew that it could get the ball back with eight seconds on the clock,so it opted to play defense instead of fouling to put Washington on thefree throw line. Giuliana Mendiola missed her shot attempt, but herteammate, Andrea Lalum, corralled the rebound and scored to give theHuskies the win.
'Almost all of their shooters are way over 70 percent,' said Horstmeyer.'We're talking 80 percent or above. There was an eight seconds shotdifferential, and I thought we could get a stop, and we did. However, wedidn't get the defensive rebound. We have had a couple of games where wefoul, foul, and then we can't even have a chance to tie it in the end. Ithought our defense was good enough tonight.'
Cal shot 63.6 percent in the first half to lead 38-34 behind 10 points eachfrom junior forwards Kiki Williams and Leigh Gregory. Williams scored eightof her points on 4-of-4 shooting on jumpers in the first four minutes ofthe game. The Bears held their biggest lead of the game at 38-31 with 1:45until the break on a basket from Olga Volkova.
Neither team led by more than five points in the second half. Washingtonwas able to post its second win of the season when trailing at the half byshooting 58.6 percent after halftime and holding Cal to 39.1 percent. TheHuskies finished at 55.4 percent for the game, while the Bears shot 51.1percent, their fifth game over 50 percent from the floor this season.
Gregory led Cal with 16 points, while Williams finished with 10 points, andsenior guard Nihan Anaz also had 10.
The Bears forced the Huskies into 20 turnovers, while committing only 16.