Jan. 4, 1998

California Knocks off Oregon State, 77-64, for First Pac-10 Win

Masa Radovic.

OAKLAND, CA - Guard Masa Radovic registered the first double-double of her career with a team-high 16 points and a career-high 10 assists to lead the California Golden Bears past the Oregon State Beavers, 77-64, Sunday afternoon at the Kaiser Arena. The win was the Bears first conference victory of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak for Cal, which improved to 5-7 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-10. The loss dropped Oregon State to 5-6 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10 and was the Beavers fourth straight defeat.

"It was very important to a least get a split this weekend," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley, whose team dropped its conference opener against Oregon on Friday. "We were able to do what we needed to do to win, which was to stop the high-low game. We did that for the most part, which was a total team effort."

California used a 15-2 run late in the first half to take a 44-30 lead at intermission, its biggest halftime advantage of the season. Radovic scored 10 of her points in the first half, as Cal recorded its finest first half shooting performance of the year, connecting on 17-of-32 shots (53.1 percent).

The Bears extended their lead to as many as 18 points, 59-41, midway through the second half, but Oregon State could draw no closer than within seven points, 71-64, with 2:12 remaining. Cal shot 54.5 percent from the field for the contest, their best mark of the season.

"We were much more patient on offense than compared to Friday's performance and that was one of the keys," Stanley said. "I've always known that we are a good shooting team, it's just a matter of having the patience to get good shots."

Vanessa Morris scored 18 points and Sissel Pierce had 17 to lead Oregon State. For the Bears, forward Paige Bowie added 13 points and freshman guard Tamara Inoue came of the bench to contribute nine points and five assists.

"Tamara played a great game," said Stanley of the freshman from Laguna Hills, Calif. "She looked like the point guard I recruited. I knew what she was capable and this performance should be a great confidence builder for her."

Cal will close out its current homestand Friday when the Bears host traditional rival Stanford at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net.