BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Bianca McCall came off the bench to
score 16 points and lead Washington State to a 64-59 win over
California Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Cougars trailed by 12 and seven points in the second half,
but went on a 15-0 run late in the game to snap a 12-game losing
streak, as well as a string of 23 consecutive road defeats in the
This was the first home game for the Bears since the death of
Alisa Lewis, a player on the team who died suddenly of bacterial
meningitis on Jan. 19, three days after the last home game against
Cal (9-10, 2-8) has now lost six in a row. Nihan Anaz topped the
Bears with 18 points, and Leigh Gregory added 14. Charmaine Jones
and Lindsey Egeland each had 10 for the Cougars, who last won a
Pac-10 road game on Feb. 17, 2001, against Oregon State.
Washington State (5-14, 1-9) won its first Pac-10 game of the
season by dominating the boards 43-24, and shutting down Cals
offense in the last 8:40 of the game. The Bears went more than
seven minutes without a field goal as a 51-44 lead evaporated under
steady defensive pressure from the Cougars man-to-man defense.