Feb. 9, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - After losing a hard-fought overtime game to Oregon State Thursday night, California came out flat in a 76-43 loss to Oregon Saturday night at McArthur Court.
"That was not the team I feel we've had all year," said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. "That was the worst game we've played all year. That was the worst intensity we've had all year. This team is going to need to understand that if we want to be successful we can't come and play without intensity. We don't have a high enough powered offense to come and play without intensity. So, if we aren't here mentally and physically, then we will struggle. If we are prepared mentally, physically and emotionally, we're a pretty good team."
Tonight's game was the complete opposite of the game in Berkeley last month. In that game, Oregon (13-11, 8-7 Pac-10) beat Cal, 65-53, but the Bears (6-17, 1-13 Pac-10) were within one point with 3:34 left in the game.
"Anytime you lose by that much, it's frustrating," said Cal co-captain Ami Forney. "We didn't come out intense. Our defense didn't spark our offense. That's what usually happens. We were turning the ball over a lot more than we did (against Oregon State) and not playing as aggressively as we did in Corvallis."
Behind 10 points from Jamie Craighead, Oregon raced to a 27-8 lead with 4:52 to play until halftime. The Bears went over 11 minutes without a point before Khadijah Coakley's layup with 4:15 in the period. Cal went into the locker room down 37-16 with Kristin Iwanaga leading the way with seven of her team-high 12 points for the game.
"K.I. was the only player I thought that competed truly for the entire game (for us)," said Horstmeyer. "I thought she was great. Leigh Gregory picked it up in the second half. And, Kiki (Williams) hit some shots we needed that I thought would spark us, but it didn't."
The 16 points was a season-low for the Bears in a half.
Oregon started five seniors on Senior Night so it wasn't until almost nine minutes into the game that junior All-American Shaquala Williams stepped onto the floor for the Ducks. It didn't matter as her teammates had the game in control. Williams posted only two points in the first half on 1-of-3 shooting but her team shot 55.2 percent and held Cal to 24.0.
UO's Williams scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the second half and finished the game with 11. . The Bears couldn't get any closer than 19 (41-22) at the beginning of the second half on an Audrey Watler basket. With UO's Kourtney Shreve's layup with 8:30 left in the game, the Ducks built their lead to 31 at 63-32. The Bears wouldn't get any closer than 27 the rest of the way.
Leigh Gregory and Kiki Williams also had double figure points for Cal with 11 and 10, respectively. Williams has responded with double figures in each of her last three games after being inserted into the starting lineup.
Alyssa Fredrick posted a game-high 15 points to lead the Ducks.
Oregon shot 53.4 percent for the game and held Cal to 26.0.
Cal returns home for its final homestand of the regular season next week. The Bears entertain Washington State Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m. Cal seniors Forney and Janet Franey will be honored prior to the game with the Huskies.