Dec. 7, 2002
BERKELEY - Timea Ivanyi, Kiki Williams and Leigh Gregory scored in double figures to lead California past Pennsylvania 82-62 Saturday at Haas Pavilion on the first day of the 12th-annual Oakland Tribune Classic.
The Golden Bears (3-2) advance to Sunday's final against Colorado (5-1), which beat 2-3 Evansville 74-42 on Saturday.
"We started off the game extremely strong and really set the tempo against Penn early," Cal coach Caren Horstemeyer said. "I give them a lot of credit. They came out, and in the second half, it was a whole different ballgame. They came out fired up. They came out a lot more aggressive than we were, so they were able to cut the lead. I'm excited our team was able to build a lead once Penn cut it to nine."
Ivanyi shot 7-of-11 from the field and added a free throw to score a Cal-high 15 points for the game. Williams also had 15 and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Gregory had 10 points and tied her career high of eight boards.
Cal outrebounded Penn 46-30. Freshman Jacqueline Sanchez added seven boards and produced a fine all-around game, with seven assists and five points, in the first start of her career.
Jenn Jones led Penn (1-3) with 18 points. Karen Habrukowich tossed in 14 for the Quakers, and Katie Kilker scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds.
Cal shot the lights out in the first half. Eleven of its 19 made shots were layups, which helped to boost Cal's shooting percentage to 52.8 and give the Bears a 43-28 first-half lead. The Quakers also shot well at 45.8 percent in the first 20 minutes. With Cal up 31-26 with 4:28 to play in the opening stanza, the Bears finished with a 12-2 run with Gregory posting five points, two steals and two rebounds during the stretch.
Both defenses picked up in the second half, when Cal shot 12-of-33 from the field for 36.4 percent and Penn shot 11-of-29 for 37.9 percent. Cal finished the game shooting 44.9 percent to Penn's 41.5.
The Bears continued to hold a comfortable lead until Habrukowich hit a three-point shot that made the score 65-56 with 3:53 remaining. But that was the closest Penn would get. Williams hit a three of her own 31 seconds later to give Cal a 68-56 lead and start a 17-6 run to end the game. Overall, the San Rafael product had seven of her points in the closing run.
"They showed composure down the stretch," Horstmeyer said of her Bears. "They worked with each other. They controlled the ball, and I thought that was really, really important."
The Bears did a good defensive job on Penn's leading scorer, Jewel Clark, who came into the game averaging 22.3 points-per-game. The junior forward had her time limited by foul trouble and scored just four points against Cal on 2-of-9 shooting. Clark, who played 11 minutes, ended up fouling out.
Earlier in the day, Colorado held a 32-27 halftime lead against Evansville. But center Tera Bjorklund scored all 14 of her points in the second stanza to help break open the game. Colorado's Sabrina Scott scored a game-high 18 points and Jamie Gray led Evansville with 14.
Cal plays Colorado in the final of the Oakland Tribune Classic at Haas Pavilion at 3 p.m. Sunday after Evansville plays Pennsylvania in the consolation game at 1 p.m.