The California women’s basketball team (7-17, 2-13 Pac-10) got back on track Thursday night in its return to Haas Pavilion, setting a number of individual career highs and team records en route to a 76-63 romp over the visiting Washington State Cougars (2-23, 0-15). With the win, Cal sweptthe season series for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign.
Three different players set career highs on the night, which was Cal’s first win in front of the Bear faithful since December 1 of last year. Senior forward Ami Forney posted a near triple double on the night, notching a career best in assists with 7 to go with 13 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and 12th of her career. Not to be outdone, freshman Kristin Iwanaga exploded for a career high of 18 points, and LaTasha O’Keith dropped 13 on the Cougars, including 10 in the first half. Junior Amber White also tallied a career-high 10 rebounds in the effort, and freshman Kiki Williams posted her fourth consecutive game of double-digit scoring with 13 off the bench.
“I thought we played really well as a team tonight,” said Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer. “We’ve talked about making improvements. We had 19 assists on 22 baskets. That tells me that we had a very good team game. I’m really excited about the way that K.I. (Iwanaga) and Ami played.”