Jan. 16, 2003
BERKELEY - Washington went on a 32-7 run to close out the first half and open the second to pull away from California, 76-59, in Pac-10 women's basketball action Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
With the win, Washington improves to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 5-9 and 1-4.
Cal used a 14-5 run early to open its greatest lead of the game at 22-10 at the 9:27 mark of the first half. But just minutes later, the bottom fell out for the Golden Bears who hit a scoreless streak and watched the Huskies outscore them 14-0 over the last 3:30 of the first half to take a 32-27 advantage into the locker room.
"I thought we played great teamwork early," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "They made some adjustments and we started to miss some shots. Our defensive pressure let up a little bit and then they went on a run. Second half, we just let them shoot too well."
The second half opened similarly to the end of the first as Washington quickly upped its advantage to as many as 21 (55-34) after outscoring the Bears 23-7 in the opening 8:28 of the frame.
The Bears refused to lie down, however, and continued to battle, cutting the lead to nine at 67-58 with 2:34 to play. But the Huskies ended the game on a 9-1 run to close out the scoring.
"We lost our defensive intensity and were giving up too many weak-side layups, added Horstmeyer.
Timea Ivanyi led all scorers with a career-high 24 points on 11-for-13 shooting. She also paced the Bears with eight rebounds. Nihan Anaz was the only other Cal player in double figures as she added 14.
Kristin Iwanaga posted nine points for Cal, her highest scoring output in the last 10 games.
Kristen O'Neill led Washington with a career-high 18 points. Giuliana Mendiola added 16 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds. Emily Autrey also chipped in 13.
Ivanyi scored nearly half of Cal's points in the first half, accounting for 13 of the team's 27 points all within the first 10:33 of the game. In the second half, Anaz was the go-to player as she accounted for 13 of the Bears' 32 second half points. All of her scoring in the stanza came during a 7:31 stretch.
The most prolific three-point shooting team in the Pac-10, Washington was held to just two baskets from beyond the arc, their fewest of the season. Their 14 attempts from long range tied for a season-low. The Huskies shot just .143 from three-point range.
The Bears continue to play a team-style of basketball as they recorded 20 assists on 25 made baskets, well above their season average of 15.5 per game.
Cal returns to action Saturday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Washington State at Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.