March 10, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
California finished the 2004-05 season with an 11-18 record, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Golden Bears have posted double-figure wins. The Bears placed eighth in the Pac-10 with a 4-14 record and went on to win its first round Pac-10 Tournament game over Washington State, 70-52, as the No. 8 seed (their best seed ever). This marked the third straight year that Cal posted a win in the conference tournament.
Cal Sets School FT Percentage Record
Cal set a new school record for free throw accuracy by converting 74.5 percent (429-576) of its chances this season. The old record of 74.1 percent (592-799) was set in 1986-87. In 2004-05, the Bears converted at least 80 percent from the foul line in 10 games, including two efforts of at least 90 percent (90.9%, 20-22, vs. Hampton and 91.9%, 11-12 vs. UCLA).
Bears' Offense Is Best in Nine Years
Cal finished the season averaging 65.7 ppg, which is the Bears' best offensive showing since the 1995-96 team averaged 71.8 ppg. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (74.5), rank second in three-point percentage (36.3) and are fourth in field goal percentage (42.5) after hitting 43.3 percent from the floor last season. This marks the first time Cal has boasted a field goal percentage of at least 40 percent in consecutive seasons since 1995-96 and 1996-97.
Cal Wins 12th Straight Non-Conference Home Game
Cal rallied from two 11-point first-half deficits to defeat Hampton, 67-60, in its final non-conference game of the season Dec. 21. With the victory, the Bears extended their home non-conference winning streak to 12, posting 6-0 marks each of the last two seasons. The last time Cal lost a home non-conference contest was against Colorado (66-47) Dec. 8, 2002.
Iwanaga Holds Distinction as Pac-10's All-Time Best Free Throw Shooter
Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga wrapped up her Cal career as the Pac-10s all-time best free throw shooter at 89.0 percent (235-264). Entering the season, Stanford's Kelley Suminski (2002-present) held the record of 84.4 percent, but her career average has fallen way off as she doesn't rank in the top 10 in the Pac-10 this season in free throw percentage. If Iwanaga had made the necessary 250 free throws in her career, she would graduate as the third-best free throw shooter ever in NCAA Division I, II or III history. Iwanaga leads the nation in free throw percentage this year at 93.4, which also breaks the previous Pac-10 record of 90.8, set by Shaquala Williams in 2001-02. Senior forward Kiki Williams ended her Cal career ranked second to Iwanaga in school history in free throw percentage at 81.7 percent (179-219).
Iwanaga Ranks Seventh in Pac-10 History in Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
Iwanaga concluded her collegiate career ranked seventh in Pac-10 history in career three-point percentage at 42.2. She sank 122-229 attempts during her career, which is second in Cal history in percentage, fourth in makes and tied for sixth in attempts. This year, Iwanaga established a new Pac-10 season percentage record of 52.4 (43-82). That mark would be tops in the nation if Iwanaga had the necessary two makes per game. The 43 threes is tied for seventh all-time in school history with Chris Holten, who is the Bears' three-point career percentage leader at 46.7.
Gregory Finishes Career Ranked 11th in School History in Scoring
Senior forward Leigh Gregory ended her Cal career ranked 11th all-time in school history in scoring with 1136 points, only eight points behind Jennie Leander (1996-99, 1144) for a share of 10th place. Gregory, a product of Pleasant Hill, Calif., led the Bears in scoring this season at 11.2 ppg (11th Pac-10) and is sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.8).
Gregory, Iwanaga, Lawson Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
Gregory and Iwanaga earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, while freshman center Jessica Lawson was tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Gregory and Lawson paced the Bears with 17 double-figure scoring games, while Iwanaga was second with 16. Lawson was second on the team - and second among all freshmen in the conference - in scoring at 10.6 ppg, and Iwanaga stood third at 10.3 ppg. Lawson became the first Cal player to be tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Masa Radovic in 1997-98 and is the eighth Bear ever to earn the distinction. Lawson ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and was first among all freshmen in field goal percentage at 49.8. She also led the Bears in rebounding and was tied for 19th in the conference at 5.0 per game.
Cal held three of their final four opponents to 60 or fewer points...Cal defeated Arizona, 70-61, Feb. 5 at Haas Pavilion, snapping a 19-game losing streak to the Wildcats...the Bears hit 130 three-pointers this year, just shy of the school record of 135 set in 1995-96 and 16 more than last season...Cal outrebounded four of its final six opponents...sophomore guard Sarah Pool ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in assists at 4.17 and has 121 assists on the year, becoming the first Cal player to record at least 100 assists in a season since Sherrise Smith also had 121 in 1998-99...Pool's 36 steals led Cal this year...Williams was second on the team with 37 treys this year, tying for 10th all-time in school history in makes...Iwanaga finished her career ranked ninth all-time in school history in assists with 317...Williams (115, T7th Cal history), Iwanaga (115, T7th Cal history) and Gregory (111, 11th Cal history) all played over 100 games wearing the Blue and Gold...Iwanaga is second in the Pac-10 in minutes played in 04-05 at 34.59 per game and has logged 3,651 minutes in her career...Khadijah Coakley led Cal with two double-doubles this year and Lawson added one...Renee Wright posted a career-high 7.5 ppg to lead all Cal reserves...Emmelie Geraedts paced the team in field goal shooting at 53.1 percent...Lawson led Cal with 21 blocks, followed by Coakley with 14.