Golden Bears Rout Oregon, 82-57, In Pac-10 Tourney Opener

March 5, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Renee Wright scored 16 points and Kiki Williams added 15 to help California beat Oregon 82-57 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday night at HP Pavilion.

Nihan Anaz scored 14 points to help No. 9 seed California (12-16) win for the third time in four games after an 11-game losing streak. Kristin Iwanaga scored 12 points and Leigh Gregory had 11.

Williams made all five of her 3-pointers and California set a tournament record with its 11-of-19 performance from long range. Oregon was just 2-for-13 on 3-pointers.

California meets top-seeded Stanford on Saturday.

Eleanor Haring scored 18 points to lead Oregon (14-15), which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Oregon, ranked as high as No. 20 earlier in the season, beat the Bears 77-62 a week ago to end the regular season. The Ducks also upset nationally ranked Stanford last week.

California beat the Ducks for just the third time in 23 meetings by shooting 50 percent (29-58) from the field and outrebounding them by a 40-29 margin. It was just the fourth time all season the Bears scored at least 80 points.

California led by as many as 12 points in the first half, taking a 36-24 lead with just over a minute left in the first half on an Iwanaga 3-pointer. The Bears were 6-of-10 from long range in the half.

Chelsea Wagner hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to bring Oregon to within 36-27 by the intermission.

Alisa Lewis, the Cal player who died suddenly of bacterial meningitis on Jan 19, was the subject of a touching video tribute during halftime.


Head Coach Caren Horstmeyer, the 2003-04 Pac-10 Coach of the Year

'This is the second day in a row that I'm speechless. That doesn't happen very often. I thought we came out shooting the ball very well, and that led to some confidence with us. I thought that rebounding would be a key to the game and ultimately our rebounds and hustle type plays ultimately made the difference today.'

'We wanted to focus on getting the ball inside and taking the ball at (Andrea) Bills. That enabled us to go inside-outside. We worked a lot on shooting all week long.'

'(Bills) was really a focus. She had 22 against us up in Oregon. We wanted to make sure to get help on her. We wanted to make sure we tried to get her off the block. We wanted to make sure we had size on her. Ultimately, we wanted to take it at her on the offensive end.'

Kiki Williams

'Last Saturday had a lot to do with (our energy). We know we should have and could have won that game. The whole season we've been focusing on us having all of the effort possible. This week we were talking about going after loose balls and taking charges and trying to outrebound each opponent. We knew we could beat this team. We were very confident and had a good week of practice.'

'I don't know if I've ever made all of my threes when I've shot that many. I just felt good, and it was a good game. I didn't really try to focus on my shooting. The shots were open. I wasn't forcing them. The team did a great job kicking it out. Nihan had a lot of assists. The shots were there.'

'Both of the games we played (Stanford) we were in it. We're going to make some adjustments. If we bring the same effort and intensity, we're very confident.'

Nihan Anaz
'I felt like it was in control (even when Oregon cut the lead to 10 in the second half). I think my teammates did, too.'

Cal notes

- Cal's 82 points is the most Cal has scored in four Pac-10 Tournament games (previous high was 46 vs. ASU, March 7, 2003). Their 25-point margin of victory was Cal's most over a Pac-10 opponent since an 88-58 win over ASU back on Jan. 4, 1997.

- The Bears led 59-49 with nine minutes remaining in the game and then went on a 14-0 run to put it away for good, leading 73-49 with 4:44 left. Cal's biggest lead was 27 points, three times.

- The 11 three-pointers was a season high, just two shy of the school record 13 treys back in 1995 (vs. Long Beach State, Dec. 1, 1995). The 11 three-pointers also is a tournament record.

- Kiki Williams' five threes was a career high (previous was four). Her five three-point baskets ties a single game tournament record (Lisa Willis, UCLA vs. Stanford, March 9, 2003).

- Nihan Anaz posted her first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds).

- Renee Wright's 16 points was a career high.

- This game marks the first time all season Cal has had five players in double figures for points.

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