Feb. 24, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - California battled past a resilient Washington squad for a 51-49 victory Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. Junior guard Courtney Johnson led the Bears with 10 points and four rebounds while sophomore center Shavaki Jackson notched a 15 rebound performance. The win marks Cal's third-straight victory over Washington and its first season sweep of the Huskies since 1991-92.
"Shavaki is someone that has really blossomed of late," said California head coach Marianne Stanley of Jackson, who finished with nine points and entered Thursday's game ranked second in rebounding in Pac-10 games. "She didn't have a pretty game tonight, but 15 rebounds, my goodness, that's a lot of boards. She's managed to really mature in her game and thrives in crunch time."
Up 26-22 at halftime, the Bears fought off a determined Washington squad but never let the Dawgs get more than a four point lead during the second stanza. Back-to-back jumpers by Jackson with four minutes to play put California (8-15 overall, 3-10 in the Pac-10) up by four, 49-45.
"We've just gutted out every win we've gotten over the last two months," said Stanley. "I think our kids are giving us the best effort they can give us. Tonight was another example of that. It wasn't free, but it was a great effort."
Washington (7-19 overall, 3-11 in the Pac-10) threatened in the final minute when freshman guard Loree Payne, the game's leading scorer with 19 points, nailed a driving lay-up with 41.3 seconds left in the contest, cutting Cal's lead to 50-49. Moments later, following a Cal offensive foul, junior guard Kenya Corley (five points, seven rebounds) stole the ball from Payne and was promptly fouled at midcourt. A made free-throw by the secret agent sealed the win with 0.07 on the clock.
Despite shooting just 33 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers, the Bears were able to hold back the Huskies' numerous attempts to capture momentum, due in large part to Cal's 46-35 rebounding advantage over Washington. The Dawgs chalked up 19 points off turnovers to Cal's mere nine.
Sophomore forward Ami Forney, in her second game back following a nine game sidelining due to a stress fracture in her foot, shot 2-for-2 from the floor, scoring four points and recording four rebounds over 16 minutes of work.