February 6, 1999
OAKLAND - Paige Bowie helped California jump out to an early lead before giving up the post to a charging Stanford offense, dropping a 67-77 Pac-10 loss to the visiting Cardinal at the Kaiser Arena Friday night. Bowie led the all scoring in the game with 25 points, 15 of which originated from behind the arc.
Stanford (12-9, 8-2 in the Pac-10) had four players in double-digits, paced by Regan Freuen's double-double effort of 21 points and 10 rebounds and Lindsey Yamasaki's career-high 7 assists.
Down by just one point with 17:22 remaining in the game, California (8-11, 2-8 in the Pac-10) had closed the gap to a mere 42-43 before Carolyn Moos and Freuen converted on back-to-back trips to the line, pushing the Cardinal lead up to 47-42. Freuen would and a lay-up moments later to fuel a 6-0 run from which the Bears would not recover.
"What I'm disappointed for our kids about is that we didn't shoot the ball better," said California head coach Marianne Stanley. "I thought we had really good looks at the basket and had some quality shots throughout the game."
Jennie Leader chalked up her own double-double for the Bears, the fourth this season and 20th of her career, on a 16 point, 10 board evening performance. Those 16 points tied her season-high set earlier this year at Washington State. Courtney Johnson added 11 points and Lauren Ashbaugh tallied 10 grabs off the glass.
The Bears battled Stanford tight throughout the entire first half, allowing only a momentary eight point deficit before Kenya Corley's 4-foot jumper cut the lead in half with 1:09 to go in the period. Freuen added a free throw to send the Cardinal into the locker room with an uncomforting 39-34 edge.
California, held to just 36% shooting in the first 20 minutes, returned the favor for the Cardinal, limiting Stanford to 35% in the second half and 44% over the whole contest. The Bears, who have struggled with turnover issues since the beginning, shined in that column Friday, handing over the ball just seven times in each period, a season low for the first half.
Trying to put something together in the waning minutes of the duel, Cal chopped a 12 point advantage to just six with a minute to go. Unfortunately for the late charging Bears, college basketball only lasts 40 minutes, not the necessary 41.
"We had good outside scoring and good inside scoring," said Stanley, "but we have to shoot the ball better."
California takes to the road next week to battle USC and UCLA next Thursday and Saturday, respectively, before returning home to host the Washington schools starting February 18th.