Nov. 1, 2002
BERKELEY - Newcomer Timea Ivanyi scored a game-high 15 points as the Cal women's basketball team defeated Team Concept, 69-57, Friday night at Haas Pavilion in its first exhibition of the 2002-03 season.
The Bears were in control most of the game and led by as many as 21 points with 8:12 to play in the game before a late surge by Team Concept cut the margin to 12.
"I thought they played very well," said Cal's acting head coach Barb Smith. "We didn't have every play in place for the year. We didn't have every out of bounds play [in place]. We didn't have every defensive thing that we're going to do this year in place, but they played together, and they played hard. That made a difference."
Smith, a first-year assistant coach at Cal, coached the Bears in place of Caren Horstmeyer, who gave birth to Kylie Joy on Monday, Oct. 28. Horstmeyer will rejoin the team next week.
Ivanyi, a junior center who transferred to Cal from Jefferson College, scored on a variety of nice moves in the paint. Cal's sophomore point guard Kristin Iwanaga pitched in 13 points, six assists and four steals and shot 3-for-4 from three-point range. Teammates Kiki Williams and Leigh Gregory each had 12 points. Gregory, a sophomore forward, also led the Bears with nine rebounds.
"We had a great combination of the inside-outside game," Smith said. "We had very balanced scoring. There were times we would go in. There were times it wasn't there, and the people on the outside were patient to look to reverse the ball."
Jamie Redd led Concept, a team made up of former college players, with 15 points. Former Stanford forward Enjoli Izidor scored 14, Reyshawnda Richardson had 10 and Tiffany Elmore had a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards.
Cal plays its final exhibition game Saturday, Nov. 16, against Banska Bystrica from Slovakia. Game time is 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.