TUCSON, Ariz. Four Wildcats reached double digits in scoring as the Arizona (19-11, 9-9) womens basketball team downed California (12-16, 8-10), 75-62, at home on Saturday to end regular season play. The win ends a four-game losing skid for the Wildcats.
The Golden Bears opened the game with seven unanswered points before Arizona responded with a 15-3 run to take a five-point lead at 11:45. Cal responded with its own 14-3 spurt, gaining a six-point (24-18) advantage with just over eight minutes remaining in the half. The Wildcats finished the period by out-scoring Cal, 19-8, and took a 37-32 lead into the break.
California made an 8-3 run at the Cats to begin the second half, tying the contest at 40-all just four minutes into the period. The Bears hung in there until Arizona went on a 10-2 run to gain a 14-point (62-48) lead with 6:46 left in the game.
Over the next five minutes, Cal guard Courtney Johnson scored 11 of her game-high 25 points to help the Bears get back to within seven (69-62) at 1:47. The Wildcats then connected on 4-of-4 free throw attempts, nailed a field goal and held Cal scoreless in the waning seconds to take the victory.
"I am so proud that we won this game," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "When you lose a few in a row, you lose your confidence. Reshea Bristol almost had a triple-double, and our freshmen really stepped up. We have four freshmen in an eight-player rotation, and we gutted it out."
Arizona junior forward Elizabeth Pickney collected a team-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and four blocks. Senior guard Reshea Bristol fell just one rebound shy of a triple-double with her 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. That was Bristols eighth point-assists double-double of the year.
Freshman guard Aimee Grzyb shot 5-of-6 from the floor en route to 13 points off the bench, while fellow freshman Candice Allen added 10 points and season highs of seven rebounds and four steals.
In addition to Johnsons 25 points, sophomore forward Amber White contributed 10 points for Cal in a losing effort. Senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh and junior center Ami Forney pulled down game highs of 12 rebounds each.
"We didnt shoot well, but we got a lot of rebounds," said Cal first-year head coach Caren Horstmeyer, whose team out-rebounded Arizona, 49-36. "We never gave up, and that says a lot about our character. The offensive rebound total (24) tells you that we didnt give up."
The win gives Arizona a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 this season.