Nov. 24, 1997

Women's Hoops Loses By One Point

Bears Drop Close Game to Pacific

STOCKTON, CA- Despite intense second half play by the Bears, the Cal women's basketball team dropped its game Sunday against Pacific by just one point 64-63. Cal was down five points at the half but came back to outscore Pacific in the second half 43-39.

Cal was led in scoring by freshman forward Masa Radovic who collected 19 points in the game and senior forward Amber Lacy who had 16 points. Lacy has been especially hot, having scored a double-double against Cal Poly in the Bears' season opener last week.

Leading the defense was sophomore guard Paige Bowie who pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds. Showing solid all around play, four Bears shared the second spot on the rebound list for tonight's game. Radovic, Lacey, junior center Jennie Leander and freshman guard Courtney Johnson each grabbed five rebounds of their own.

The first half ended with Pacific ahead 20-25 and Cal only shooting 30 percent (8-26) from the floor. But, head coach Marianne Stanley who is in her second season at the helm with Cal, rallied her troops to shoot an improved 50 percent (17-34) in the second.

Added scoring came from Johnson, who collected eight points in the game and went 6-8 on free throws. Radovic nailed 5-8 and Bowie got the sole three-pointer for Cal in the game.

Pacific was impressive from the free throw line, dropping in 14-19 for 73 percent. The Tigers shot slightly better than Cal in the second half going 52 percent (11-21) from the field and Pacific finished the game at 42 percent.

Cal's record is currently at 1-1. The Bears will now prepare for the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu Hawaii next weekend (Nov. 28-30). The Bears play Hawaii in the first round and the game will be televised (Hawaiian TV). Tip off for the Cal game is scheduled for 1:20 HST. Also playing in the tournament are Iowa State, Idaho, Alabama, Marshall, Indiana and Wisconsin-Green Bay.