Arizona State Tops Cal, 66-57, In Defensive Battle

Jan. 9, 2005

(Story Courtesy of Cal)

TEMPE, Ariz. - California lost a tough defensive battle at No. 24 Arizona State, 66-57, Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The Golden Bears fall to 8-7 (2-4 Pac-10), while the Sun Devils improve to 11-4 (3-2).

The game had 45 fouls called (26 by Cal) and had a combined 47 turnovers (24 by Cal). The real difference in the game was rebounding, as Arizona State held a 40-27 advantage, including a 16-6 edge on the offensive glass.

'Rebounding was the difference in the game clearly,' Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'They were missing some shots. They did a great job on the offensive boards, especially in the last five minutes, which was the difference in the game.'

Freshman center Jessica Lawson, and senior guard Kristin Iwanaga led Cal with 12 points apiece. Kylan Loney paced the Sun Devils with 15 points, and Carrie Buckner added 11 points.

Points were hard to come by early on for both teams, but after a three-point play from Renee Wright, Cal went ahead 11-6 with 13:07 left in the first half.

The Sun Devils' full court press forced the Bears into many turnovers, allowing ASU to regain the lead at 15-13. Cal tied the game at 15-15 with 8:10 remaining in the half on two free throws from Iwanaga. Baskets from Loney and Betsy Boardman helped ASU regain the lead, which it didn't relinquish again in the half, at 19-15.

With 2:45 to go in the first half, Cal trailed by only one at 22-21 following two free throws from Krista Foster, but ASU closed the half with an 8-0 run, capped by a short jumper from Loney.

Behind the leadership of Sarah Pool, Cal scored the first nine points of the second half to tie the score at 30-30 with 17:09 remaining in the game. Pool scored on a jumper and dished off three assists. Lawson had two baskets during the run, and Leigh Gregory scored her first three points of the game. Gregory held team-high rebounding honors with six.

The Sun Devils responded with an 11-0 run with five different players scoring to surge ahead 41-30 with 11:59 to go.

After a fast break pull up jumper from Loney, ASU grabbed its biggest lead at 45-32. The Bears hung tough and closed to within six at 45-39 on a layup from Jacqueline Sanchez off a pass from Keanna Levy with under nine minutes to play.

A basket from Wright brought the Bears to within four at 51-47 at the 5:26 mark, but Cal's offense went cold, and ASU built at 60-47 lead with 1:47 on the clock. Cal couldn't get any closer than eight points after that.

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