Nov. 12, 2001
BERKELEY - Cal lost, 53-49, to Hungarian club KSC Szekszard in its second and final exhibition match on Monday night at Haas Pavilion.
Point guard Kristin Iwanaga played another strong preseason game. The 5-foot-6 freshman led the Golden Bears in scoring with 11 points from five of eight shooting followed by senior center Ami Forney, who had nine points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Amber White led the Bears in rebounding with 10 and scored six points.
Iwanaga scored nine points in the previous preseason game, a 61-55 win over Bay Area Pro Am.
"I truly feel we made great strides from our last game," Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer said. "We did some very good things. We outscored them in terms of our field goals (21 baskets to 19 for KSC). But we shot the same percentage (36.8) from the free throw line as did from the floor. That is an area where obviously we have to improve in."
Horstmeyer also bemoaned the Bears effort on the offensive boards. After giving up just four offensive rebounds against the Pro Am team, Cal allowed 17 offensive rebounds against KSC. Cal got 19 of its own but was outrebounded overall by KSC, 41-39.
"Three things are important for us to win games," Horstmeyer said. "Make your layups, make your free throws and you need to let them have one shot. One and done. We didn't do those things tonight, and even though we could've outscored them from the field, we lost the game."
Tudit Katdasci led the Hungarian club with 16 points. KSC center Violeta Vukovich grabbed 12 rebounds and scored eight points.
The 6-foot-3 Katdasci, 6-foot-3 Vukovich and 6-foot-1 Eva Stotkovich towered above most of the Bears and combined for two blocks and numerous changed shots. KSC's Tudit Szelesy, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward, had two blocks of her own.
In the second half, Ukrainian center Olga Volkova scored her first preseason points for Cal on a 10-foot jumper from the left baseline. The sophomore transfer from Merritt College in Oakland also had three rebounds in seven minutes of action.
Cal came from behind several times to tie the match and even take the lead, the final time being at 45-43 with 5:19 to play. But the lack of an outside scoring threat - Cal missed all 10 of its three-point shots - ultimately doomed the Bears.
Cal went cold from the field after Forney hit the basket to give Cal its final lead of the game. Cal did not make another field goal until Forney hit a layup with one second left. The only scoring for Cal in that span were a pair of White free throws. In the meantime, KSC scored 10 points.
Both teams had a slow start to the game, which produced just 16 points - and a 10-6 KSC lead - at the 11:05 mark.
Katdacsi led all scorers with 12 points at halftime, while LaTasha O'Keith led Cal with eight points. Freshman Leigh Gregory was the most active Bear, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds. Another freshman, Alisa Lewis, hit the second of two free throws to give Cal a 27-26 lead with less than 30 seconds to go in the half. But Eva Stotkovich hit a short jumper to give KSC a 28-27 lead at the break.
Cal opens its regular season against San Diego State this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.