No. 15 Huskies Too Much For Cal

Radovic leads Bears with 13 points.

Jan. 22, 1998

OAKLAND, Calif.--The 15th-ranked Washington Huskies showed they deserved their lofty ranking as the Huskies overpowered California 72-51 at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland Thursday night. The win improved Washington to 12-3 overall, 3-3 Pac-10, while Cal dropped to 5-11 overall, 1-5 Pac-10.

Junior guard Jamie Redd scored a game-high 18 points to lead four Huskies in double-figures, including Amber Hall who posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.

The Bears were once again led by freshman guard Masa Radovic, who tallied 13 points. Junior Jennie Leander was the only other Golden Bear in double figures, scoring 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Cal stayed with Washington at the outset as the teams traded baskets for the first nine minutes for the game. But the Huskies used a 20-5 run over the final 10:45 of the first half to take a 35-15 lead into the locker room at intermission. Hall led the way for the Huskies in the opening session with eight points and six rebounds.

“In the first half we did not execute any the way I know we are capable of,” Cal head coach Marianne Stanley said. “We’ve got to find a way to play 40 minutes of basketball, not 20. That’s not good enough in league.”

The Bears got themselves back in the ball game, opening the second half with a 9-2 run to cut the Huskies lead to 13 points and eventually pulled within 12 with 6:56 remaining. But that was as close as the Bears would get as the Huskies got steady play down the stretch from Redd, who scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half.

“In the second half we played better,” Stanley said. “We forced a lot of turnovers that led to easy baskets.”

Sophomore Paige Bowie led the Bears on the board with seven rebound. She also dished out a team-high four assists.