Feb. 28, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. - After trailing by six points with 2:42 to play, California lost to Oregon, 77-62, Saturday afternoon at McArthur Court in both teams' regular season finale.
The teams will face each other in the rubber match of the series Friday, March 5 at 8:15 p.m. in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose. The Bears (11-16, 4-14 Pac-10), who saw their two-game winning streak snapped today, defeated the Ducks (14-14, 6-12), 61-57, in the conference opener in Berkeley Dec. 27.
"Both teams have come full circle," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "Both teams have dealt with not playing well, not having energy and having injuries, death. We've come full circle. The difference is that we played the first one at Cal, and this one was at Oregon."
Junior forward Kiki Williams, who led Cal with 15 points, hit her third three-pointer of the game to bring Cal to within 65-59. With 2:31 left, Cal junior forward Leigh Gregory was whistled for a foul on Corrie Mizusawa, and Horstmeyer was issued a technical foul by the far official after discussing the call with the near official.
Oregon made three of the four ensuing free throws to extend its lead to nine. Cal, which was called for a season-high 24 fouls in the game to Oregon's 16, tried unsuccessfully to mount a rally by putting the Ducks on the free throw line by fouling. Oregon converted seven of its eight attempts in the final two minutes to seal the win with a final scored that didn't reflect how close the game was.
Center Andrea Bills posted eight of her game-high 22 points to lift Oregon to a 25-22 edge with 5:59 until the break. The Bears led 28-27 when the Ducks closed out the half on a 9-1 run to lead 36-29 at the half.
"They did a great job going to (Bills)," said Horstmeyer. "I thought she played well. The offensive boards sparked her a bit and got her going. When she plays well, they play well."
Oregon's advantage was single digits for most of the second half, and Cal got as close as five points three times, including at 55-50 with 6:37 remaining on a Williams' trey.
Gregory finished with 12 points for the Bears. Nihan Anaz struggled offensively on the road trip, but she paced Cal with eight rebounds, including five offensive ones against Oregon.
The Ducks won the rebounding battle, 40-35, and held a commanding edge at the charity stripe, converting 22-of-34 attempts to Cal's 12-of-17.
Bills notched a double-double by also grabbing 10 rebounds. Kayla Steen recorded 14 points, and Kedzie Gunderson and Mizusawa added 12 and 10 points, respectively.