Cal Bears Come Back to Down WSU
February 18, 1999
OAKLAND, Calif. - The California Bears used a key 12-point run and balanced scoring to down the Washington State Cougars 83-68 in a women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball game Thursday at Kaiser Arena.
Sherrise Smith led a quartet of Cal (9-13 overall, 3-10 in Pac-10 play) players who scored in double figures. Smith scored 16 and Courtney Johnson 13, with Lauren Ashbaugh and Jennie Leander each adding 12.
The Cougars' (10-13, 4-10) Tricia Lamb led all scorers with 22 and Yvonne Volkman added 16 as the two sophomores outscored the rest of their teammates by eight points. Sheri Quinton paced WSU with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Washington State trailed by six points at halftime, but made a move in the opening minutes of the second half and pulled within three points, 45-42, on a bucket and free throw from Volkman with 17:09 to play.
But Cal, having trailed the Cougars by 10 early in the first half, responded by scoring the next 12 points, six at the free throw line, to take a 57-42 lead they never surrendered. Johnson and Shavaki Jackson each scored four in the run.
The Bears eventually led by 17 points, 73-56, on Johnson's fast break layin. The closest WSU could get in the final five minutes was eight points when Romie DeAnda scored a layin off Cal's pressing defense. Her bucket reduced Cal's lead to 75-67, but the Bears quickly responded by scoring eight of the final nine points.
WSU built up a 10 point lead in the first half and at one point ran off 10 straight for a 14-6 lead nearly eight minutes into the game. Lamb's 12 points led the way for WSU in the first half. The Cougar sharpshooter downed her second trey of the half with 6:40 to play and the Cougars held a 28-19 lead.
Then the Bears caught fire and over the final six minutes of the half outscored WSU 21-5 to take a 40-34 lead into the locker room at intermission. WSU's only answers to the Bear charge were field goals by Lamb and Harrod and one free throw from Kerns.
Ashbaugh did much of the damage for California with six points. Six Bears scoring during the run, including five by Corley, who hit a trey and a layin.
Over the final six minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half the Bears outscored WSU by 24 points, 38-14.
The Cougars shot well for the game, 48 percent, but struggled at the free throw line (11-of-18) and once again lost the rebounding battle. At halftime WSU held a 28-18 rebounding advantage, but for the game the Bears out boarded WSU 39-31. Cal also forced WSU into 27 turnovers, their second highest total of the year.
WSU completes the Bay Area trip Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Stanford, a 74-62 loser to Washington Thursday.
WSU (10-13/4-10) - Stinson 0-0 0-0 0, Volkman 5-10 4-5 16, Quinton 2-6 0-0 4, Lamb 8-13 3-5 22, Nyseth 2-5 0-1 4, Harrod 2-2 2-2 6, McNeely 1-3 0-0 3, Kerns 2-9 2-4 8, DeAnda 2-3 0-1 5, Team 24-51 11-18 68.
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