November 28, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior forward Paige Bowie led Cal with 13 points and senior center Jennie Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds), but it wasn't enough to hold off a second-half charge by No. 17 Virginia, which claimed a 70-55 victory Saturday at University Hall, in Charlottesville, Va.
"I thought this was a game where coming in if we executed in key areas the game was winnable. I don't know what Virginia thought," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley. "We feel like we've improved a lot since last year."
Forward DeMya Walker celebrated her 21st birthday by leading Virginia with a game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as the Cavaliers improved to 3-1, while the Golden Bears record stands at 1-1.
The Bears trailed the Cavaliers only 32-30 at the half and were still within six at 50-44 with 8:42 remaining in the game when Virginia went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to extend its lead to double digits (58-44) for the first time all game.
The Bears tried to battle back behind Bowie who nailed a running jumper and two free throws to pull her team within 58-48 with 4:07 remaining. Walker scored six of her points down the stretch to hold off Cal for Virginia's second 15-point win over the Bears in as many years.
Cal helped Virginia's cause by shooting only 24 percent from the floor after the intermission and showing tentativeness getting the ball into talented post players such as Leander, Lauren Ashbaugh and Shavaki Jackson. Cal did cut a 27-19 UVA rebounding advantage at the half to only five (47-42) by hustling for a 23-20 advantage in the second half. Ashbaugh led Cal with 11 boards.
"We struggled shooting the ball and didn't consistently rebound the ball," said Stanley. "We didn't get enough interior scoring.
"This is only our second regular season game. We're trying to see who can give us a lift when we need it."
In the first half, the two teams were even at 10-10 at the 13:39 mark before Virginia's full-court press helped it rattle off a 9-2 run and a 19-12 lead. The Bears then went on a 10-2 run, capped by a Kenya Corley three-pointer, securing a 22-21 advantage with 5:36 left in the half. The teams played about even until the intermission.
Sophomore guard Courtney Johnson continued to give the Bears a lift off the bench, tallying 11 points, eight boards, five assists (matches career high) and two steals in 28 minutes.
Cal wraps up a two-game road trip against Ohio State Monday, Nov. 30. Game-time is 7:30 p.m. ET, at the new Value City Arena, capacity 19,500. The Bears return home Friday, Dec. 4, against cross-bay rival San Francisco. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena, in Oakland.