Feb. 25, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball was defeated by California, 81-58, in both teams' regular season finale at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Saturday.
The Huskies end the regular season with an 18-9 overall record, 11-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Bears improved to 18-10, 10-8 in conference action.
Coupled with UCLA's win at Oregon, the loss drops Washington out of third place in the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies ended in a fourth-place tie with USC, which lost to Oregon State, Saturday. UW wins the tiebreaker with USC, and as the No. 4 seed will face the No. 5 seeded Women of Troy in the Pac-10 Tournament, Saturday, March 4, at 7:15 p.m.
Trailing most of the first half, the Huskies climbed to within five points, 49-54, with 7:20 to play, but the Bears proceeded to put the game away with a 19-2 run to claim a 24-point lead, 77-53, with 2:14 remaining. Cal extended its lead to as many as 26 points with 1:01 left on the clock. UW junior Breanne Watson made 3-of-4 free throws to cut the final score to 81-58.
Jene Morris led Cal with 19 points, 12 of her points coming in the decisive second-half. Ashley Walker also scored 19 points, while Alexis Gray-Lawson added 17 and Devanei Hampton had 16.
Washington outrebounded Cal 35-30, but Cal dominated points in the paint 44-26. UW committed 14 first-half turnovers, but had just five in the second-half.