Feb. 3, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California trailed Arizona State by only six points with under nine minutes left in the game before losing, 76-59, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears fall to 8-13 (2-10 Pac-10), while the Sun Devils improve to 15-6 (7-4).
"It was an aggressive game," Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer said. "We're doing a lot of things better. K.I. (Iwanaga) in particular had a great game. Renee (Wright) was aggressive and looked to score. She's got a quick first step to the basket and is hard to defend."
Wright, a junior forward, and freshman center Jessica Lawson each contributed 12 points for Cal, and senior forward Leigh Gregory added 11. Prior to the game, Gregory - who moved into 13th all-time (1,073 points) in scoring in Cal history - was honored at center court with a commemorative 1,000-point basketball ball.
The Bears shot 49.0 percent for the game, including 60.9 percent in the second half, but 25 turnovers led to 20 Sun Devil points.
Wright capitalized on a turnover by Amy Denson to cut ASU's lead to 43-41 with 11:20 left in the game. The Sun Devils responded with an 8-0 run, spurred by consecutive three-pointers by guard Kylan Loney, to grab a 51-41 advantage with 9:24 to play.
"Being down 10, you can still come back," Horstmeyer said. "But, we turned the ball over too many times."
The Bears dug in and scored on back-to-back layups by Kiki Williams and Lawson to cut the margin to 51-45 with 8:13 to play.
ASU center Kristen Kovesdy scored 13 of her game-high 21 points down the stretch to help her team pull away.
After the Sun Devils led 21-17 with 6:52 remaining in the first half, Cal went on an 8-0 run, capped by four straight points from Kristin Iwanaga, to grab its biggest lead at 25-21. Iwanaga played 39 minutes tonight, posting eight points, six rebounds (tied Wright for team high), two assists and a steal.
Forward Emily Westerberg hit a three-pointer with one second left in the first half to give ASU a 30-27 halftime lead - the first time in the last five games that the Bears haven't led at the break.
Westerberg and Loney finished with 16 points apiece. ASU shot 44.6 percent overall from the floor.
The Bears return to action against Arizona Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.