UW Women Fall To Cal, 81-58

Feb. 25, 2006

Box Score

SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball was defeated by California, 81-58, in both teams' regular season finale at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Saturday.

The Huskies end the regular season with an 18-9 overall record, 11-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Bears improved to 18-10, 10-8 in conference action.

Coupled with UCLA's win at Oregon today, the loss drops Washington out of third place in the Pac-10 standings. Washington's Pac-10 tournament seed still depends on the outcome of the USC vs. Oregon State game to be played at 7 p.m. this evening. USC, UCLA and Washington began the day in a three-way tie for third-place.

Trailing most of the first half, the Huskies climbed to within five points, 49-54, with 7:20 to play, but the Bears proceeded to put the game away with a 19-2 run to claim a 24-point lead, 77-53, with 2:14 remaining. Cal extended its lead to as many as 26 points with 1:01 left on the clock. UW junior Breanne Watson made 3-of-4 free throws to cut the final score to 81-58.

Watson shared team-high scoring honors (13 points) with Andrea Plouffe, and Cameo Hicks. Kristen O'Neill added 12 points for UW.

Jene Morris led Cal with 19 points, 12 of her points coming in the decisive second-half. Ashley Walker also scored 19 points, while Alexis Gray-Lawson added 17 and Devanei Hampton had 16.

Washington outrebounded Cal 35-30, but Cal dominated points in the paint 44-26. UW committed 14 first-half turnovers, but had just five in the second-half.

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