Cal Seeks Revenge Against Huskies at Haas


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To say the mood surrounding the Cal women's basketball team is one of displeasure would be putting it lightly.

"We're angry," sophomore guard Eliza Pierre said. "We should have won that game at ASU."

On Saturday, the Bears' game-long lead over Arizona State was broken by a buzzer beater 3-pointer by the Sun Devils' Deja Mann.

"We're not happy at all we lost and we know we have to take out our anger on every other team we face now," Pierre said.

Tonight at 7 p.m., at Haas Pavilion, Cal will have an opportunity for revenge against another team it should have beaten - Washington.

The Bears (14-8, 6-5 in the Pac-10) were leading the Huskies at halftime of their Jan. 16 matchup but were outscored by 12 points in the second half. Cal shot 25 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from the free throw line and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers after the break.

Washington (9-11, 4-7), meanwhile, made four of six 3-pointers in the second half, including two during a 14-2 stretch early in the period, to win the contest, 57-48.

"They went on a run and we could never capitalize on that, we never came down and went on our run," freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert said. "They kind of built on that ... We just never turned that around."

Pierre said the team still talks about that game and has watched a lot of film. She is confident that the squad won't let a second half collapse like that happen again.

"We got back to practice and worked a lot harder," Pierre said. "We tweaked things. We fixed things.

If we happen to get to that point again, it wouldn't be the same turnout. We would be a lot better and a lot more prepared for that."

The Huskies are led by a pair of upperclassmen guards. Junior Kristi Kingma and senior Sarah Morton combined for 27 points against the Bears. Of those points, 18 came in the second half, matching the entire Cal team's total in the second period.

"They have two or three dominant players and we have to look to shut them down," Sherbert said.

The road trip in Washington was one Sherbert would like to forget. She scored two points a piece each game and missed all eight of her 3-point attempts. The two games were a far cry from her dominating performances in the two games blanketing the trip, a 20-point outing and a 19-point effort.

"I think that's just really an inconsistency on my part," Sherbert said. "You got to stay in the game, whether that is scoring, rebounding, assists, making little hustle plays ... just doing what I can to help the team."

The Bears will need Sherbert's shooting stroke to match Washington State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. In their first matchup, the Cougars (7-16, 5-6) were sizzling from behind the arc, hitting 6-of-11 threes in the first half and 12 overall.

"They had a great shooting game against us," Pierre said. "Now we know we have to play a lot tighter on everybody."

Washington State has much more balanced scoring than the Huskies. Six players scored eight or more points in the Cougars' blowout (it was a 20-point game at one point) over Cal on Jan. 14.

"We're a great defensive team," Pierre said. "We're able to guard any team in the nation ... We just have to come out and play our game."


Jonathan Kuperberg covers women's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]

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