Jan. 3, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After suffering its first home loss of the season against Washington, California (7-5, 1-2 Pac-10, 8th) - winners of six of its last eight games - looks to get back on track against Washington State (4-8, 0-3, T9th) Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. It's Blue and Gold Night, and the first 150 youth wearing Cal colors will receive a free Beanie Bear.
The Golden Bears raced to a 10-2 lead against the Huskies and trailed only by six points midway through the second half, before losing 65-52 Jan. 2. Cal missed numerous layups and shot a season-low 27.5 percent from the floor. The Bears' defense held Washington to 35.4 percent shooting.
Freshman center Jessica Lawson led Cal with 12 points - her first double-figure scoring effort in the last six games - and matched her career high of nine rebounds. Senior forward Kiki Williams added eight points and led Cal in rebounding for the second straight game, posting a career high of 11 on the heels of a career-high 10-rebound effort in the road win at Oregon State. The Bears corralled a season-high 47 boards against the Huskies.
Washington State is coming off a 72-39 loss at Stanford. Adriane Ferguson led the Cougars with 10 points.
Cal leads the all-time series with Washington State, 23-18. The Bears have won five of the last seven games, but the Cougars have salvaged season splits the last two years. In 2003-04, Cal defeated WSU in Pullman, 85-71, but lost on its home court, 64-59.
Despite shooting poorly in two of its last three games, Cal continues to lead the Pac-10 in three-point percentage (47.5) and free throw percentage (73.8). The Bears are fourth in the conference in scoring at 69.3 ppg.
Senior forward Leigh Gregory is eighth in the conference in scoring at 13.2 ppg, senior guard Kristin Iwanaga is 11th (11.6 ppg) and Williams is 19th (10.8 ppg). Three Bears also are among the top field goal shooters in the Pac-10 - Iwanaga (4th, 58.1%), Lawson (7th, 53.5%) and Gregory (8th, 53.0%).
Iwanaga and Williams ranks first (93.5) and second (90.9), respectively, in the conference in free throw percentage and first (68.6) and fourth (41.3), respectively in three-point percentage.
Lawson, who is the first freshman to start at Cal since Gregory and Iwanaga in 2001-02, is averaging 9.5 ppg and leads the club in rebounding at 5.3 rpg (14th Pac-10).