Late nine-point Washington run dooms Bears
The Cal women’s basketball team couldn’t make it two upsets in a row, falling to the Washington Huskies, 78-71, in Seattle.
The Bears, who beat Stanford last week, were down just 62-61 with 1:51 left in the game, but couldn’t pull ahead. The Huskies went on a nine-point run, with four different players scoring, and the Bears couldn’t come back.
The Huskies (10-4 Pac-10, 17-7 overall) were led by guards Giuliana Mendiola and Megan Franza, who scored 22 and 21 points, respectively. Franza scored 30 in the teams’ first meeting, a 69-68 Washington win, while Mendiola was scoreless.
The Bears (7-6, 11-12) got double-figure scoring from four players: guard Courtney Johnson with 16, guard Kenya Corley with 15, forward Lauren Ashbaugh with 14 and forward Ami Forney with 11. Johnson also had nine assists.
The teams had very similar stats in the game: both teams shot 48 percent from the field and had 23 turnovers. The difference came at the charity stripe. The Huskies headed to the line 26 times, making 19, while the Bears shot 26 free throws, making 10.