Feb. 28, 1998
OAKLAND, Calif.-- Senior Amber Lacey scored 15 points in the final home game of her career to lead California to a 65-58 win over Arizona State. The victory improved Cal to 6-20 overall, 2-14 Pac-10, and broke a school-record 13-game losing streak, while ASU fell to 10-15, 6-10 Pac-10.
Cal used an 18-6 run over the final 7:25 of the game to secure the victory which was its first since Jan. 4, 1998 when the Bears defeated Oregon State, 77-64, at home.
"I think we've played much better since our game at Washington State," said Cal head coach Marianne Stanley. "We've been playing better and much harder and it finally culminated in a win. I just wish it could have happened earlier in the season and that we could have enjoyed more wins."
Cal took an early lead, 19-17, with 6:58 to play in the first half, but Arizona State went on an 18-8 run to close out the opening session, taking a 35-27 halftime advantage. Cal outscored Arizona State 16-6 to open the second half and took a 43-41 lead with 12:59 to play, before ASU pushed its advantage back to five points, 52-42, at the 7:55 mark. The Bears then went on an 11-2 run to take a seven point lead, 61-54, with 1:38 left.
Arizona State's Stephanie Freeman led all scorers with 20 points, including hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. In addition to Lacey, Masa Radovic (11), Paige Bowie (10) and Sherrise Smith (10) also scored in double digits for the Bears.