Pullman, Wash. The California women’s basketball team got a big effort from its bench to earn a 66-59 win over Washington State on Friday night at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington. The win gave the Bears (14–10, 4–8 Pac-12) their first season sweep against the Cougars (15–9, 4–7) since the 2018–19 season and their first Pac-12 road sweep since defeating Got victory. Arizona State on February 10, 2023. The 14 wins this season are the most under a Cal head coach. Charmin Smith,
“I thought it was really a great team effort,” Smith said. “I’m really proud of the way we played. It’s great to get our first Pac-12 road game. I feel great about the team.”
Mitchell Oniyeh posted his first double-double of the season with 15 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and 10 rebounds, but it was Ila Lane And McKayla Williams Who made significant contributions from the bench with one of his best offensive games of the conference season. Williams scored 14 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and Lane added 12 points on an efficient 5-of-7 from the field. Both point totals were conference-season highs and Williams’ four triples matched her career high.
“Michelle is doing a really good job and we have to give her a break and Ila has just stepped up and continued where Michelle left off,” Smith said. This was a big difference maker in the game. And KK (Williams) was super aggressive. This is what we want for him. We know he is capable of it. He took matters into his own hands and got to the basket and made shots and that’s what we need.”
Cal took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Iona Crimili A triple and a pair of layups from Oniyah. The Cougars responded with a 6-0 run and got within one point before Kemari Martin hit a layup at the 3:48 mark. Washington State ended the quarter with a 6–0 run to take a 14–10 lead into the second period.
The Bears started the second quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 17-14 lead at 8:33. Williams hit a 3-pointer to extend the run to 12-2 and give Cal a 22-16 lead. Oniyah hit a layup with 1:42 left and then a Williams triple to give the Bears their largest lead of the game up to that point, 33–20. Cal would go into the locker room with a 33–23 lead. Williams and Lane led the Bears with eight points each in the half.
The Cougars used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to six points at the 6:15 mark, but Onaia hit a layup and Martin drilled a triple to fuel a Cal 8-0 run, leading to The Bears lead got back to 14. Points at the 3:28 mark. With 1:51 to go in the quarter, Williams hit his fourth triple of the game from just beyond the arc and Cal took a 52–38 lead heading into the final frame.
Cal increased its lead to 18 points at the 7:23 mark on back-to-back triples Leilani McIntosh And Krimili. The Cougars made six consecutive field goals to get within eight points at the 2:24 mark, before McIntosh was able to get a steal and find Onaiah for a fastbreak-layup to give the Bears back 10 points in less than two minutes. Gave. To go. Trailing by only eight points, the Cougars were fouled on a 3-point attempt with 34 seconds remaining, but converted only 1-3 and were not able to get any closer.
Washington State was led by Eleonora Villa with 17 points.
Cal is on the road to take on Washington on Sunday at noon PT.
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