Women's Hoops Loses Two on the Road

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

Losses are always hard, but when the game comes down to the last few seconds, the feeling is even more painful.

The Cal women's basketball team (0-2, 0-0 in the Pac-10) lost to Fairfield yesterday in Fairfield, Conn. The wild 64-63 loss came two days after a 66-47 blowout by No. 7 Rutgers.

The Stags (2-0, 0-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) were without their star center, 2000 MAAC Player of the Year Gail Stumpf, who suffered a deep knee bruise last week. Ayanna Brown, a 6-foot-4 freshman, started in her place.

"It's always a concern when a player goes down," Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer said. "Everyone else needs to step up. Brown played pretty well. I think she wants to start."

Brown played better than "pretty well"' She scored 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Fairfield, including a crucial pair of free throws at the end of the game. The Stags shot 47.1 percent on the afternoon.

The game started slowly with the Stags going up 7-0. Twice in the first half Cal was down by 10, including a 26-16 deficit.

But an 8-1 run brought the Bears' deficit to within three at 27-24 by the end of the half. Junior Ami Forney had four of her career-high 17 points during this run, and senior Kenya Corley also added another four points.

The second half was a seesaw battle with both sides juggling the lead. With 15:50 left in the game, the score was tied at 34-34, and after that point, neither team led by more than four points until the clock was under two minutes.

"We started slow, but then we really started to pick it up," senior Brook Coulter said. "We converted on our running game, and that's what got us back in."

With 1:36 left, Fairfield's Schrene Isidora hit a pair of free throws to put the Stags up, 62-57. Cal then came down the court, and Coulter hit a three to bring the Bears within two with 1:18 left in the game.

Two consecutive Fairfield turnovers later, Cal called a timeout to draw up a new play.

"We never practiced (this play)," Horstmeyer said. "They just went out and executed it very well and we hit the three."

.After the inbound pass, Coulter received a skip pass and shot the three, giving the Bears a one-point lead at 63-62 with only 18.7 seconds left to play.

After a Stag timeout, Fairfield committed their 24th turnover on the next possession when Cal senior Courtney Johnson stole the ball. Johnson passed to Amber White, who was fouled on the ensuing play and went to the line.

But White missed the front end of an one-and-one, and Fairfield came down with the ball.

After bringing the ball down the court, Brown was fouled by Johnson and made both free throws, giving Fairfield a 64-63 lead.

On the last play of the game, Johnson tried to penetrate inside the Stags' zone, but Brown blocked her final shot, ending the game.

Friday night the Bears lost to a powerful Scarlet Knights squad. Although the season opener began well, Rutgers' guard Tasha Pointer entered the game halfway through the first half and began her romp through the Cal defense.

When it was over, Pointer had accumulated 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists to lead the Scarlet Knights. Tammy Sutton-Brown also added 10 points.

Despite Cal forward Lauren Ashbaugh's fifth career double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Johnson's 11 points from the bench, Cal lost the game 66-47.

The Bears next compete in the UIC Thanksgiving Tournament, Friday and Saturday in Chicago, Ill.


Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image McLachlan's win helps Cal advance
Riki McLachlan wasn't supposed to play singles in Saturday's second round...Read More»
Image Bears run by Utes, into the national final
For many Cal students, Saturday marked the end of their collegiate caree...Read More»
Image Bears fall short in first ever NCAA final
Battling furiously near the front of the cage, Stanford's Annika Dries re...Read More»
Image Cal dispatches Trojans, advances to round of 16
With the Cal women's tennis team needing one more win to clinch a v...Read More»
Image Tedford picks Maynard as the Bears' starting quart...
In recent years, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has kept...Read More»
Image Bears drop weekend series in Corvallis
Sundays haven't been kind to Cal's starting pitchers lately. A week ago, O...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space