Dec. 1, 2002
BERKELEY - Despite another solid defensive effort, California couldn't overcome 29.5 percent shooting as the Golden Bears lost to Seton Hall, 66-56, Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
"We played them even in the second half," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "We got off to a poor start in the first half. I thought we played a little bit intimidated. Once we slowed down, calmed down and relaxed, we played a lot better."
After Seton Hall (3-2) equaled its largest lead of the game of 13 at 59-46 with two minutes to play, a Jacqueline Sanchez three-point shot ignited an 8-1 Cal run, which cut the deficit to 60-54 with 51 ticks on the clock. But, that was as close as the Bears would get. Melissa Langelier, who had a game-high 17 points, sealed the victory for the Pirates with six free throws down the stretch.
Junior center Timea Ivanyi led the Bears (1-2) with 12 points, and sophomore forward Leigh Gregory added 11, marking the third straight game she has posted double-figure points. Freshman forward Renee Wright had six rebounds off the bench to lead the team in that department in back to back games.
"Leigh has been steady," said Horstmeyer. "She can go inside. She can go outside. She's been doing it all. She's vocal. I'd like to get her a few more shots than five (today)."
Cal struggled offensively out of the gate, falling behind 12-1 with 13:42 to play in the first half. Leslie Ardon, who missed the first four games of the season due to an NCAA suspension, tallied eight of her 12 points on the day during the opening run. After the Pirates' initial burst, their lead fluctuated between five and 12 points for the rest of the half and was 31-21 and the break. Gregory, Sanchez, Kristin Iwanaga and Sarah Pool each had three points to lead Cal into the locker room.
LaNedra Brown added 12 points for Seton Hall off the bench.
Another solid defensive effort kept Cal in the game. The Bears forced the Pirates into 26 turnovers, while committing only 19. Fourteen of Seton Hall's miscues came off Cal steals, with five Bears leading the way with two steals each. Seton Hall was able to offset its turnovers by shooting 51.1 percent for the game, including 70 percent (7-10) from three-point range. The Bears shot better from the three-point arc (40.0, 6-15) then they did overall from the floor. The Bears also struggled from the free throw line, converting only 53.8 percent (14-26) of their attempts.
"Today wasn't a great shooting day for us," said Horstmeyer. "There's no question in my mind that we're better offensively (this year). We didn't shoot it particularly well. I give a lot of credit to Seton Hall. They were well prepared, and they did what they needed to do to force us into not finishing shots."
Cal has a busy week of home games ahead, hosting Cal Poly on Dec. 4 and the Oakland Tribune Classic on Dec. 7-8.