November 30, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- - Ohio State shot 73 percent from the field in the first half to catapult it to a 42-23 half-time advantage over California and an eventual 73-48 win Monday at the Value City Arena. The win snapped a two-game Buckeye losing streak and improved its record to 2-2, while the Golden Bears fall to 1-2.
Junior forward Paige Bowie and senior guard Sherisse Smith led Cal in scoring with 10 points each. Another bright spot for Cal was the play of freshman forward Ami Forney who led Cal in rebounding with five and contributed four points in 13 minutes of action, the most game-time for her this season.
The game was decided in the first half as Ohio State jumped out to an 11-2 lead with forward Larecha Jones scoring eight of her game-high 22 points. The Bears kept the game within about 12 points until the Buckeyes went on a 12-2 run, started by a Jamie Lewis three pointer, over the final 3:13 of the first half to enter the locker room with a 42-23 lead.
In the second half, Cal pulled to within 16 twice after Ohio State extended its lead to as much as 25 with 15 minutes remaining. After the Bears cut the lead to 54-38 at the 10:27 mark following Bowie's second three-pointer, Ohio State outscored Cal 19-10 down the stretch with Jones posting 12 of those points primarily on drives to the basket.
Ohio State cooled off somewhat in the second half, shooting only 50 percent from the field to close the game at a 61 percent clip. The final score could have been worse if the Buckeyes hadn't shot 5-of-19 (.263) from the foul line. While OSU was hot from the floor, the Bears shot only 36 percent in the second half and 38 percent for the game. Another statistic that stood out was OSU's 41-21 rebounding edge.
"We didn't get the job done rebounding at all," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley. "To be outrebounded by 20 at this level shows a real lack of effort. They hurt us when we didn't box out.
"We're in a shooting slump. I'm not sure what the problem is, but we need to keep working."
As with Cal's game against Virginia, the Bears handled a full-court pressing Ohio State squad reasonably well, committing only 17 turnovers in both games. Unlike the Cavaliers, OSU head coach Beth Burns kept the full court press on almost every defensive stance.
The Bears return home to face San Francisco Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena.