Jennie Leander scored eight
points and grabbed six
rebounds in Cal's win.


Women's Basketball Squad Wins Low Scoring Contest Versus Pitt

Golden Bears to face Colorado St. in Oakland Tribune Classic championship game.

December 20, 1998

Box Score

OAKLAND, Calif. - Led by eight points and six rebounds each from Paige Bowie and Jennie Leander, the California Golden Bears defeated The University of Pittsburgh 40-35 during round one of the Oakland Tribune Classic at Kaiser Arena.

Both teams had trouble finding the basket and holding onto the ball in the first half. The two schools combined for 21% shooting and 27 turnovers. The Golden Bears (4-2) were the first to hit paydirt with a 10-0 that spanned 7:52. Things got so bad, that at one point Pittsburgh (5-2) went scoreless for 8:41 before hitting a free-throw at the 6:00 mark to cut Cal's lead to 14-6. Pitt went on a 10-2 run late to close the gap to 16-14 at the half. Pitt's senior forward Alecia Balich led all scorers in the first half with eight points, more than half her teams' total.

It was much of the same in the second half. Cal's lead reached 30-19 after a 12-0 run that spanned 9:10. Pitt came out shooting poorly once again, this time going scoreless for over ten minutes. But like in the first half, Pitt followed its cold streak with a hot one. An 11-3 run by the Panthers cut the Bears lead to 35-31 with 3:35 to play in the game. From there the two teams exchanged buckets until Cal iced the game with a driving lay-up by junior Paige Bowie and a free throw by senior Sherrise Smith.

Senior forward Kortni Webb, who put in six points and grabbed nine rebounds, led Pittsburgh. Balich and junior center Nickeia Morris put in eight and grabbed seven rebounds each. For Cal, sophomore Courtney Johnson scored six and added six steals. The two team combined to shoot 25% and turn the ball over 46 times.

Cal returns to action tomorrow, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, where it will meet Colorado State at the Kaiser Arena. Colorado State defeated Wake Forest in game one of the Classic 84-69. Pittsburgh will meet Wake Forest at 4 p.m., also at Kaiser.