January 2, 1999
EUGENE, Ore. - California committed a season-high 28 turnovers losing its Pac-10 opener to Oregon, 64-49, Saturday in front of 3,927 fans at the McArthur Center in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Bears record stands at 6-4, 0-1 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks extend their winning streak to five and their record to 10-2, 1-0 in the Pac-10.
Cal opened the second half with a 13-0 run turning a 29-21 half-time deficit into a 34-29 advantage with 15:48 remaining. The run was keyed by three pointers from Paige Bowie and Sherrise Smith. For the game, Cal shot 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the arc, while Oregon converted on only 2-11 (.182) of is attempts.
The Bears then found out why Oregon has the top-rated defense in the Pac-10 (Cal is fourth) as the Ducks held the Bears to only 15 points the remainder of the game. Oregon responded to Cal's run with an 8-0 run over the next 4 minutes, 25 seconds to lead 37-34. The momentum of the game turned for good with the score 38-38 and 10:39 on the clock. Oregon, sparked by five of Angelina Wolvert's game-high 16 points, grabbed its then-biggest lead of the game at 52-40 (6:12 remaining) with Cal committing six turnovers, including three steals by the Ducks.
"At 38-38, things fell a part," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley. "In the span of about six minutes, we had seven turnovers."
The Bears cranked up their defensive intensity with a full and half-court press to cut the lead to 52-44 with 3:24, but the Bears started to lose their scoring punch as Lauren Ashbaugh joined Shavaki Jackson on the bench with five fouls at the 3:04 mark. Oregon shot 32 free throws (made 16) to Cal's 15 (made 9) for the game and was able to close out the game from the charity stripe.
"They're (Oregon) not the kind of team you want to be down to late," said Stanley. "I was pleased with our defensive effort. We just lost our poise."
In the first half, Paige Bowie nailed the first of her three, three-pointers at the 12:15 mark, giving Cal an 11-4 advantage, its biggest lead of the game. The Ducks went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 11 at the 9:24 mark. From there, a season-high 15 Cal turnovers in a half rallied Oregon to a 29-21 advantage at intermission.
Courtney Johnson led Cal in scoring with 13 points and in rebounding with seven. Cal outrebounded Oregon 37-30. Bowie added 12 points, including three-of-six from three-point range. Smith tied her career-high of four steals.
Oregon reserve guard Lindsey Dion came in averaging only four points per game but tied Wolvert for game-high honors with 16. Dion played with at Clovis West High School along with Bowie.
Cal looks to snap a 20-game Pac-10 road losing streak, dating back to the 1995-96 season, Monday at Oregon State (8-2, 0-1 Pac-10). Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.