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W. Hoops Teams Up in Exhibition Opener

The Cal women's basketball team did a better job of demonstrating a team concept than its eponymous opponent Friday night.

In her first game starting at center, Timea Ivanyi scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Cal defeated Team Concept, 69-57 in an exhibition game at Haas Pavilion. "We had a great combination of the inside-outside game," said assistant coach Barb Smith, running the squad while head coach Caren Horstmeyer takes a maternity leave. "We had very balanced scoring."

Kristen Iwanaga supplied the outside, hitting a trio of three-pointers on her way to 13 points and six assists. Leigh Gregory and Kiki Williams each added 12 for the Bears, who had 10 players play double-figure minutes. Cal's depth, a question mark a year ago, may turn out to be its greatest ally in the rugged Pac-10 season.

"We didn't have every play in place for the year, but we played very hard," Smith said. "That made a difference."

Jamie Redd led Team Concept with 15 points, while former Stanford benchwarmer Enjoli Izidor added 14.

W. Swimming Splits in Peach State

The Cal women's swimming team split its two-meet road trip in Athens, Ga. this weekend, losing to Georgia on Friday, 163-129 and defeating Clemson on Saturday, 171-107.

Against Georgia, junior Natalie Coughlin won the 100-yard backstroke, 100 free, and 100 fly, posting automatic NCAA qualifying times in each event.

Other winners included junior Natalie Griffith in the 200 individual medley, and the 400 freestyle relay team of junior Danielle Becks, freshman Cheryl Ann Bingaman, senior Michelle Harper, and sophomore Keiko Amano.

Against Clemson, the Bears (2-1) won 14 of 15 events en route to a resounding victory.

Freshman Ashley Chandler won the 500 freestyle and the 1000 free, while fellow freshmen Flora Kong (100 fly), Whitney Rockwell (50 free), and Helen Silver (100 back) were also victorious.

Becks and Coughlin also added two wins apiece.

Senior diver Christina Flynn noched victories in the one and three meter springboard.

Cross Country Moves Up at Pac-10 Champs

The Cal men's cross country team finished sixth while the women took eighth Saturday at the Pac-10 Championships at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, Calif.

The men, who improved last year's eighth-place finish, completed the race with 165 points, just one point shy of tying Washington for fifth.

The Cal women, up a placing from the 2001 championships, finished with 208 points, 11 behind sixth-place Washington State (197).

Stanford dominated both the men's and women's races, winning the team title with 19 and 23 points, respectively. The No. 1 Cardinal men swept the top three individual spots and the No. 2 women took the top two.

Grant Robinson won the 8K race in 23 minutes, 27 seconds and Sara Bei claimed the 6K with 19:48.

Senior Martin Conrad led the Cal men for the third time this season, clocking in at 22nd place with 24:44. Conrad improved from a 44th place showing in 2001, bettering his time by almost two minutes.

Close behind was junior Carlos Carballo, who completed the race in 30th place with 25:04.

For the fourth time in 2002, freshman Bridget Duffy spearheader the pack of Bears women, finishing in 35th with 22:08, just ahead of sophomore Abby Parker's 22:19, 38th-place showing.

Next on the Cal agenda is the NCAA West Regional Nov. 16, which will be held at Stanford.

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