January 16, 1999
The California Golden Bears picked up their first Conference win of 1999 in impressive fashion, beating USC 61-51in front of 845 at the Kaiser Arena. The win was the first for Cal over USC in 11 tries dating back to Jan. 21, 1993, when the Bears won 68-55 at Harmon Gym.
The win moves Cal's record to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in Conference play. The Women of Troy drop to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10.
The first half was a seesaw battle, as the two teams exchanged the lead nine times, and tied on four occasions. The largest lead of the half was four, which Cal did twice.
Freshman Shavaki Jackson was the early shooting star for the Golden Bears, running off eight straight points to put the Bears up four points, 15-11, half way through the first stanza.
USC battled back to take an 18-17 following a free-throw by Tiffany Elmore at the 5:53 mark. From there it was all Paige Bowie, as she rattled off 11-straight points, including three straight three-pointers and a turnaround jumper with five seconds to play to put the Bears up 28-25 at the break.
Cal shot an impressive 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half, while USC connected on only 1-of-3. Bowie was 3-4 from three, while Kenya Corley was 1-1 for the home team. Bowie was also the leading scorer for either side, with 11 points on 4-of-8, after starting 0-of-4.
Bowie came out on fire once again in the second half; scoring seven of the Bears first 11 points, helping Cal stretch its lead to seven with 14:17 to play. USC got within six, 44-50, at the 5:46 mark, but would get no closer.
Cal ran its lead to 12 points, 61-49, after a fall-away jumper by senior Sherrise Smith with 40 seconds to play. Smith scored seven of Cal's last nine points to ice win No. 399 for head coach Marianne Stanley.
Bowie led Cal with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Shavaki Jackson continued her solid play, chipping in 10 points before fouling out. Smith scored nine and dished out five assists.
For USC, Adrain Williams, the Pac-10's third leading scorer (16.6 ppg) was limited to only four points on 2-of-6 shooting in the first half, and 14 for the game. Reserve Camille Norwood scored 10 in the losing effort.
The Bears return to action Thurs., Jan. 21, at Washington. Its next home game is Thurs., Jan. 28, against Arizona at the Kaiser Arena.