December 4, 1998
OAKLAND - California overcame early scoring struggles Friday night to hand down a 58-46 decision against the visiting San Francisco Dons in Oakland's Kaiser Arena. The Bears outscored the Dons 14-0 over the final 3:50 to secure the win and head into a 13-day break with a 2-2 record. The Dons fall to 2-3.
Paige Bowie led the Bears with 17 points and three assists, converting an additional three times from behind the arch, and increasing the Bears' series record over the Dons to 23-8.
Jennie Leander ignited the definitive California drive, providing the Bears with a 47-46 lead off a six-foot jumper and a coinciding free throw with 3:35 remaining in the match.
Where Leander gathered the kindling, Bowie lit the fire, increasing the California lead to four at the 2:37 mark off an assist from Lauren Ashbaugh.
Courtney Johnson would then steal the ball away from San Francisco's Sarah Wanless and covert on a pair of free throws from the other end of the floor at 1:37, bumping up the Cal lead to six.
"At the crucial stage, when we needed to make a push, we were able to do so," said California head coach Marianne Stanley. "That is what good teams do."
Bowie and Johnson would team up to add four more points to the Bears' tally on back-to-back trips to the line, resulting in a 10 point lead with 0:32. Shavaki Jackson threw the final log on the fire with a pair of free throws of her own with just 0:16 remaining to cap off a tremendously energized Bear outbreak.
In the effort, California's Kenya Corley posted a career-high four blocks, besting her previous mark by three. Ami Forney also reorganized the record books, increasing her career-high rebounding total to eight. Her old mark of five was set Nov. 30th at Ohio State.
Rebounding and free-throws made a big difference in the game, as the Bears were able to top the Dons off the glass 53-27 and out-score from behind the line 17-6 while only shooting 30 percent from the floor.
Leander and Sherrise Smith rounded out California's leading scorers with 11 and 10 points respectively. Leander also tallied a team-leading 10 boards.
The Dons were led at the net by Jennifer Madkins, with 13 points and three assists, and Melanie Turner, who knocked down 8 points of her own.
California returns to action on Dec. 17th against Northwestern in the Kaiser Arena at 7:30 p.m.