January 8, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 boards in Cal's 80-67 loss to Stanford in front of 5,572 fans at Maples Pavilion Friday night. Cal is now 6-6 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improved to 6-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
"It wasn't until late that Stanford stretched out a lead," said Cal coach Marianne Stanley. "We stuck with them for most of the game. I'm not one for moral victories. We came here to win and had a chance at halftime."
The Golden Bears trailed the Cardinal only 38-31 at the half despite falling behind 10 points at 23-13 with 8:20 remaining in the first half. Cal point guard Sherrise Smith sparked a 10-2 Cal run with two three-pointers, closing Stanford's lead to 25-23 with 5:51 left until intermission. The Bears, however, would not get any closer than two points the rest of the game. Smith scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half.
Cal faced an uphill battle most of the second half as Stanford opened the second stanza with a 10-0 burst during the first two minutes, nine seconds to grab its biggest lead of the game at 48-31. Sarah Dimson and Lindsey Yamasaki each scored five of their 16 points during that run. Ashbaugh, who scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, got to work and helped Cal close the gap to seven at 62-55 at the 5:58 mark. The remainder of the game came down to free throws as the Cardinal converted on 12-of-16 free throws to seal the win. The Cardinal shot a remarkable 42 free throws for the game, hitting 28 of them for a 67 percent clip.
In addition to free throws, turnovers and rebounding keyed Stanford's victory. Cal had 22 turnovers to Stanford's 18, and Stanford held a 43-40 advantage on the boards. Ashbaugh, Courtney Johnson and Shavaki Jackson fouled out for Cal. Jackson entered the game coming off a career-high 20 points against Oregon State but only scored six points in 12 minutes tonight due to early foul trouble.
"What killed us was not boxing out," said Stanley. "Their first shot didn't hurt us; it was the put backs. Our goal will be to be the best rebounding team in the conference the rest of the season."
Stanford's Carolyn Moos netted a game-high 17 points and Christina Batastini scored 10 points off the bench for the Cardinal. Paige Bowie tallied 12 points for Cal, joining Ashbaugh and Smith with double-digit points.
Cal returns home from a five-game road trip Thursday, Jan. 14, against 10th-ranked UCLA. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena.