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Jan. 4, 1997

Cal Records First Pac-10 Win Over Arizona State

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior forward Patrycja Czepiec led the Golden Bears with 21 points as California picked up its first win of the Pac-10 season with a 88-58 win over Arizona State (5-6, 0-2) Saturday night in Harmon Gym. The 30-point margin of victory marks California's largest of the season.

California (5-6, 1-1) was behind the Sun Devils 0-2 in the opening seconds of the games, but that was the only deficit the Golden Bears would see during the entire game. Dominating the first half with 70 percent shotting from the field and 66.7 percent from behind the three-point arc, the Bears led by as much as 21 points (36-15) and finished the half leading ASU with a season high first half point total, 46-27.

The Golden Bears were never threatened in the second half and maintained a sizeable margin throughout. California shot a season-high 61.4 percent from the field, including a season-high 62.5 percent from the three-point line.

California's Sherrise Smith dished out a career-high eight assists, breaking her former best of seven set two days earlier against Arizona. Freshman center Geneva McDaniel put up a career-high 12 points for the Bears, freshman Paige Bowie added 15 points, and Smith had 13. Arizona State was led by Molly Tuter with 17 points and seven rebounds.

California head coach Marianne Stanley said, "It was important for us that we came back from such a tough loss against Arizona the other night. I did not expect this margin of victory, and that's a sign of a team that is maturing. I think this team is really starting to gel."

The Bears will head to Los Angeles to take on USC and UCLA on Jan. 10 and 12.

CALIFORNIA 88 ARIZONA STATE 58

Arizona State -- Carl 1-5 3-3 5, Tuter 7-19 1-3 17, Stiland 4-14 2-2 10, Carner 2-6 2-2 6, Freeman 1-12 0-0 3, Boyle 1-6 2-2 4, Gledhill 0-5 1-2 1, Sand 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 2-5 1-1 5, Kolt 0-1 0-0 0, Steed 0-1 2-2 2, Amama 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 20-78 15-26 58.

California -- Czepiec 10-14 0-0 21, Leander 1-4 1-2 3, Rizzo 2-5 0-0 6, Smith 4-5 5-8 13, Kennon 2-4 0-0 4, Tamony 0-0 0-0 0, Scotty 0-0 0-0 0, McDaniel 5-8 2-3 12, Bowie 5-9 3-4 15, Snijder 2-3 2-3 6, Dmitrieva 0-1 0-0 0, Folsom 2-3 0-0 4, Wong 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-57 8-13 88.

Halftime score:California 46, Arizona State 27. Three points field goals: Cal 5-8 (Rizzo 2, Bowie 2), Arizona State 3-11 (Tuter 2). Rebounds: Cal 42 (Leander 7, McDaniel 7), St Mary's 48 (Freeman 10). Assists: Cal 20 (Smith 9), Arizona State 10 (Carl 6). Turnovers: Cal 24, Arizona State 21. Fouls: Cal 19, Arizona State 21. Fouled out: Tuter (ASU), Freeman (ASU). Attendance: 602.


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