BERKELEY (AP) -- Jill Bell tied a career-high 14 points on seven
of nine shooting to lead Washington past California 65-52 at Haas
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
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 CollegeRPI.com,
controlled the game thereafter.