Nov. 27, 2004
HONOLULU, Hawaii - California led by as many as 13 points in the first half but lost to Idaho, 82-72, Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.
"Idaho is a very disciplined team," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer, whose team lost to TCU in the opening round less than 24 hours earlier. "We need to be much more disciplined. We talked about a number of things. Our players were mentally tired, and our players weren't executing the way we needed to. We've now given up 96 points (TCU) and 82 points, which is very unlike teams I've had. We're going to have to get more aggressive defensivley."
Senior forward Leigh Gregory led the Golden Bears (1-2) with 18 points, and junior forward Renee Wright posted 11 points, all in the second half. Freshmen center Jessica Lawson added nine points in only nine minutes of playing time due to foul trouble, and freshman forward Krista Foster also had nine points (career high).
Keyed by seven of Gregory's 15 first-half points, the Bears extended their lead to 34-21 with 5:14 left until halftime. But, the Vandals pulled to within four with the help of two three-pointers from Leilani Mitchell, who finished with a game-high 26 points. Cal entered the locker room ahead 39-33.
Idaho (3-1) opened the second half with a 10-2 run to go ahead 43-41, its first lead since 7-6. The Vandals, who lost to No. 3 Georgia in the first round of the tournament, shot 58.6 percent in the second half and went ahead 70-55 with 7:37 to play. Idaho shot 48.1 percent for the game, while Cal hit 41.8 percent of its chances.
Cal mounted a rally and cut the deficit to 70-64 following two free throws from Jacqueline Sanchez with 4:36 on the clock. That was as close as the Bears would get.
Cal point guard Sarah Pool recorded eight assists after dishing off a career high of 10 against TCU. The Bears committed a season-low 14 turnovers, while forcing the Vandals into 21.
Emily Faurholt, who was the NCAA Division I scoring leader last season, added 23 points after posting only eight first-half points. Idaho outrebounded Cal, 41-27.
Cal faces the loser of the Utah-Hawaii game at 11 a.m. local time (1 p.m. PT) Sunday.