Cal Falls to Washington, 65-52, In Pac-10 Home Opener
Jan. 2, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California shot poorly in a 65-52 loss to Washington Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears' first setback at home drops their record to 7-5 (1-2 Pac-10), while the Huskies improve to 6-7 overall (2-1).
'We're not used to shooting that poorly,' Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'It's uncharacteristic of our team. We missed shots and put our heads down. I think we were out-toughed. Washington did a good job of being a little tougher tonight. They do a nice job pressuring, but I thought we missed a lot of layups.'
Cal shot 27.5 percent from the floor after converting four of its first five shots of the game to build a 10-2 lead with 17:03 to play until halftime. The Bears' Kiki Williams and Sarah Pool each hit threes during the opening stretch.
Washington answered the Bears' strong start with an 8-0 run tie the game at 10-10 about two minutes later. The Bears led 14-13 after a layup by Leigh Gregory with 11:21 to play. After that, the Huskies went on a 12-2 spurt to grab their biggest lead of the half at 25-16.
Cal tied the game at 28-28 with 3:04 left in the half on a three-pointer by Brio Rode, but Washington entered the locker room up 34-30.
The Bears stayed within six points at 46-40 with 10:28 left in the contest before the Huskies surged ahead to 59-42 at the 7:24 mark, keyed by six points from Kristen O'Neill.
Cal couldn't get any closer than 61-49 on two free throws from Jessica Lawson, who led the Bears 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Lawson was 4-for-5 from the floor, but her teammates struggled to get the ball inside to her.
'We kept saying to work on the lob pass (to Jessica),' Horstmeyer said. 'They started fronting. We have to get it to her. The problem is that our forwards were getting pressured. They're not seeing it. We need to have Jessica with 15 shots a game.'
Washington shot only 35.4 percent from the floor but took advantage of 20 offensive rebounds and a 49-47 edge overall on the glass. Additionally, the Huskies turned the ball over only 10 times, while the Bears had 21 miscues.
Williams led Cal in rebounding for the second straight game, posting a career high 11 boards on the heels of a career high 10-rebound effort in the road win over Oregon State.
Jill Bell paced the Huskies with 14 points, and O'Neill added 13.
Cal looks to get back on track against Washington State Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
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