Jan. 29, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The first of two meetings this week between the women's basketball teams at California and No. 6 Stanford went the way of the Cardinal as they cruised to a 72-48 victory Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford improves to 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 7-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Playing in front of the biggest crowd it has seen this season, the Golden Bears got behind started the game slowly and tentatively as they scored just four points in the first nine minutes of the contest. Meanwhile, Stanford scored 17 points during the same stretch and the game's result was never in doubt from there. Cal finished with just 21 first half points as the teams went to the locker rooms with Stanford holding a commanding 40-21 lead.
"That was the best defense I've seen Stanford play in a long time," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer.
The second half started much the same for the Bears who scored just five points in the game's first 10 minutes. Using a 16-0 run as part of a 20-5 stretch, the Cardinal built their largest lead of the game at 60-26. Azella Perryman scored all nine of her points during the run.
But the Bears played with, in the words of Horstmeyer, "pride and togetherness.
"In other games, we've completely fallen apart. There was not one ounce of passion left on the floor by my team."
All 15 Cal players got in the game and 10 put points on the board.
Olga Volkova had a career-high nine rebounds, including seven in the first half.
Chelsea Trotter led Stanford with 17 points while Sebnem Kimyagioglu added 14 thanks to four three-pointers. T'Nae Thiel also was in double digits with 13 points, and Nicole Powell, making her first start of the season, nearly had a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
This was the 100th career game for Amber White, Cal's only four-year senior.
Cal gets a chance for redemption when it attempts to even the season series in the rematch this Sat., Feb. 1, at Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m.