Oregon 57

(8-3, 0-1 Pac-12)

California 61

(8-2, 1-0 Pac-12)

    3:00 PM ET, December 27, 2003

    1 2 T
    ORE 28 2957
    CAL 26 3561

    Anaz scores 17 to lead Bears

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Nihan Anaz scored 17 points to lead California past Oregon, 61-57, at Haas Pavilion Saturday in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

    Anaz had 13 of her points in a first half mostly controlled by the Ducks (8-3, 0-1) and Kiki Williams had all 11 of her points in the second half to lead Cal's (8-2, 1-0) balanced attack.

    Eleanor Haring had 14 points for Oregon, and Brandi Davis added 11.

    Both picked up late baskets as the Ducks tried to cut into a big Cal lead, but they never got closer than four in the final 16:35.

    The Golden Bears have now won five in a row, and got past Oregon despite the absence of key reserve Renee Wright, who missed the game due to illness.

    Most of the first half was offensively stifled, as Cal didn't score for the first 5:09. Oregon couldn't take advantage, however, and only led 5-0.

    The slow start continued and after seven minutes, the teams were only a combined three for 21 from the floor and three of eight from the free-throw line.

    Cal finally broke into double figures with just 6:38 left in the first half, but trailed by only eight, 18-10. After 15:25, it was just 20-10, which also turned out to be Oregon's biggest lead of the game.

    The Bears then went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 22, and at the half the Ducks led by two, 28-26. The second half, though, was all Cal, as the Bears tied the game on the first possession and eventually built a 10-point lead before recording their first victory in a Pac-10 conference opener since 1995-96.

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