Washington 65

(6-7, 2-1 Pac-12)

California 62

(7-5, 1-2 Pac-12)

    5:00 PM ET, January 2, 2005

    1 2 T
    WASH 34 3165
    CAL 30 3262

    Washington 65, California 52

    BERKELEY (AP) -- Jill Bell tied a career-high 14 points on seven of nine shooting to lead Washington past California 65-52 at Haas Pavilion Sunday.

    The Huskies (6-7, 2-1) broke open a close game early in the second half as Bell and Kristin O'Neill, who finished with 13 points, contributed key baskets.

    It also helped that Cal (7-5, 1-2) shot extremely poorly -- the Bears made only 25.6 percent of their shots inside the three-point arc.

    Freshman center Jessica Lawson scored 12 points to lead California, and also blocked three shots.

    Kristin Iwanaga, the nation's leading three-point shooter coming into the game, missed both her attempts from long range.

    The Bears as a team were also tops in the nation in three-point shooting, but finished just 4 of 12 from beyond the arc Sunday.

    They were just 10 of 39 from two-point range, and wound up shooting just 27.5 percent overall.

    The win was Washington's ninth straight over California, and moved the all-time series record to 36-8 in favor of the Huskies. The last Cal victory was Feb. 24, 2000.

    It looked like that string might be broken Sunday, as Cal jumped out to a 10-2 lead thanks to four of five shooting.

    But the Bears then missed 20 of their next 23 shots, and the Huskies built a 25-16 edge.

    Cal, though, found the range again, and tied the score at 30 before Washington scored the last two baskets of the half to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room.

    The Bears kept it close for a while in the second half, trailing just 38-35, but the Huskies, who had played the 16th toughest schedule in the nation according to Jerry Palm's, controlled the game thereafter.

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