Feb. 12, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington State rallied twice from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat the California Golden Bears, 68-66, in Pac-10 women's basketball action Saturday at Haas Pavilion.
With WSU up 67-66 with 15 seconds left, Jazmine Perkins stole Eliza Pierre's inbound pass and was then fouled. She made one free throw to put WSU up 68-66 with 14.1 seconds left.
DeNesha Stallworth's field goal attempt to tie bounced off the rim and the ball went out of bounds to WSU with .8 seconds left. WSU was able to inbound the ball and run off the remaining time to secure the win.
WSU improved to 8-17 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. Cal dropped to 14-10 and 6-7 in the conference.
It was the first time the Cougars swept Cal since the 1998 season. Earlier this season, on Jan. 14, WSU defeated the Bears 77-63 at Pullman.
The win marked the Cougars third Pac-10 road victory this season. The last time the program won more than two conference road games was during the 1997-98 season when it won four.
Additionally, the six Pac-10 wins are the most for the Cougars since the 2001 season and the most victories this deep into a conference season since the program was 6-6 through 12 games during the 1995-96 campaign.
Cal took a 36-31 lead in halftime and the second half became a series of mini- runs for both teams.
Cal would grab a nine-point advantage twice in the second half, only to see the Cougars close their deficit to four with 5-0 runs on each occasion. Down 52-46, WSU used another 5-0 run to close to 52-51 but Cal answered with five straight points of its own to re-establish the six point lead.
But WSU once again rallied and closed to 60-57 when Perkins hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 60 with 6:02 left, the game's first tie since both team were deadlocked at 27 in the first half.
With 4:07 left Katie Madison made two free throws to put the Cougars ahead 62-60, their first lead since 27-26.
But Cal would rally to tie the game at 66. With 33.8 seconds left a Perkins free throw put WSU up 67-66.
The Cougars return home to face Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 17 for a 7 p.m. tip at Beasley Coliseum.