Feb. 20, 2003
BERKELEY - UCLA's Michelle Greco put the Bruins on her shoulders, scoring 28 points on 13-for-19 shooting, and carried them to a 72-54 victory against California in women's basketball action Thursday evening at Haas Pavilion.
The Bruins, who avenged this season's earlier loss to Cal, improve to 15-9 overall and 10-5 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 8-16 and 4-11.
Cal scored the first five points of the second half to cut the UCLA advantage to just four, 39-35. But three straight turnovers by the Bears turned into six quick points for the Bruins and the lead was back into double figures. Greco almost single-handedly put the game out of reach as she scored 13 points during a 15-6 run that spanned 5 ˝ minutes and increased the Bruin lead to 19 at 68-49.
"We didn't defend," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "We're not going to win games giving up 46 percent shooting. We need to hold teams to 42 percent. That has held true almost 100 percent this season.
"Everytime we turned the ball over tonight, it was a layup and that's one reason their shooting percentage was so high."
UCLA shot .463 for the game while the Bears struggled to a .386 clip. Cal, which had 32 turnovers in its win at Pauley Pavilion last month, gave the ball up 24 times tonight.
Cal jumped out to a 7-4 lead to open the game, but would quickly see that advantage disappear as the Bruins went on an 8-0 run over the next 2:10 to go up by a 12-8 score and they never looked back. Greco had 15 in the opening period.
Timea Ivanyi paced the Bears with 11 points and seven rebounds. Nihan Anaz and Leigh Gregory each added 10 points. Sarah Pool pulled down a career-high-tying six rebounds to go along with five assists.
The Bears dominated on the boards with a 40-31 edge.
Cal cleared its 16-player bench for just the second time this season, after also doing so at Georgia. Senior Audrey Watler, who will be playing her final game at Haas this Saturday, grabbed four rebounds in just five minutes of action.
Greco's two steals moved her into a tie for fourth place in Pac-10 history with 276 career thefts. In addition, her scoring performance marked her league-leading 12th 20+-point showing.
Cal returns to Haas Pavilion for its final home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 22, when it hosts USC at 12 p.m.