January 23, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - California senior Jennie Leander found her offensive form in the state of Washington, but as with Thursday's 71-49 loss to Washington, Cal was not able to find enough offensive weapons today against Washington State. WSU's Yvonne Volkman and Tricia Lamb combined for 34 points as the Cougars ran past the Golden Bears 73-54 Saturday afternoon at Friel Court.
The loss drops Cal's record to 7-9, 1-6 in the Pac-10 and improves WSU to 8-8, 2-5 in the Pac-10.
The Bears did a good job staying with the Cougars run and gun offense for the first 12 minutes of the game. With WSU leading 16-12 with 8:35 remaining in the first half, the Cougars capitalized on two Bear turnovers and poor shooting to go on a 10-0 run to gain a double-digit lead (26-12), which they would not relinquish the remainder of the game. The Cougars took a 37-16 lead into the locker room behind 14 points from Volkman, while Leander had six for Cal. Shooting only .261 from the field, Cal matched its season low for points in a half initially set in a 40-35 win over Pittsburgh, Dec. 20.
"We dug a hole for ourselves in the first half," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley. "We led 38-36 in the second half. That's more indicative of how we can play."
After the intermission, the Bears ran off seven-straight points, five coming from Leander, to cut the Cougars lead to 37-23 with 18:04 on the clock. The Cougars bounced back to extend their lead to 19, only to have the Bears chip the lead to 13 at 42-29 with 15:41 to go. That was as close as the Bears were since the 3:57 mark of the first half and as close as they would get the remainder of the game.
Neither team shot particularly well throughout the game with WSU hitting at a .370 field goal clip to Cal's .339. WSU, which entered the game as the league's top three-point shooting team, converted on only 6-of-23 treys (.261). Cal made four of its 11 long-range bombs (.364). Cal also led in rebounding, 47-45.
While the Bears held Volkman to only four points in the second half, guard Tricia Lamb contributed 11 of her 16 points after halftime but shot only 6-of-19 overall from the floor. WSU's Victoria Harrod posted the game's only double-double with 13 points and 10 boards off the bench.
Leander, who tallied her 1000th-career point Thursday at Washington, led Cal with a season-high 16 points, a career-high four blocks, and nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Paige Bowie got on track late in the game to finish with 12 points for Cal.
Kenya Corley and Jamilla Churchill made solid contributions as reserves. Corley matched her season high of seven points, while Churchill contributed five points and six boards.
"I thought Leander played solid throughout the game," said Stanley. "She reduced her turnover total and went aggressively to the basket."
Stanley looks for her 400th career win when the Bears return home next week to face Arizona State Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Arizona Sunday, at 2 p.m. Both games are at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland.