Jan. 11, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State used a 20-1 run to open the second half en route to a 68-37 victory against California Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
The Golden Bears went scoreless for the first 8:11 of the second frame before a LaTasha O'Keith free throw at the 11:49 mark. After missing its first 12 shots of the second half, Cal's first basket wasn't until the 10:00 mark when Khadijah Coakley's putback broke the string. The Bears would go on to make just four baskets after intermission, shooting just 14.3% in the second half. They shot just 21.3% from the field in the game.
The loss drops the Bears to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon State, which snapped a four-game losing streak, improves to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The 37 total points represents the fewest in a single game since the Bears scored just 33 in a 52-33 loss, ironically, at Oregon State on Feb. 10, 2000.
Cal's 12 second half points mark the fewest in a single half in program history. The previous mark was 13 points against Sacramento State Feb. 6, 1976.
Eleven different Cal players put points on the board, with Nihan Anaz and Kristin Iwanaga tying for team-high honors with six. Coakley came off the bench to score five points and a paced the club with six rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Bears held Oregon State without a three-point field goal, the first time they have done so this season.
"It was a very physical game, and we got away from our game plan," said California head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "We wanted ball reversal penetration and were taking shots off the first pass."
"I've said all along that if we allow teams to shoot better than 42%, we are not going to win," said Horstmeyer. Oregon State shot better than 50% in each half and finished at 51.7%.
Oregon State's Brina Chaney posted game highs in both scoring and rebounding with 13 of each. Hollye Chapman and Leilani Estavan each added 12 points.
Cal's free throw shooting continues to improve as the Bears finished the game at 78.9% (15-for-19). This marks the third straight game they have shot better than 75% from the line and the fifth in a row above their season average. Cal also committed a season-low 15 turnovers.
California returns for its first home game since Dec. 29, when it hosts Washington on Thursday, Jan. 16. Game time is 7:00 p.m.