SAN JOSE - Sophomore forward Amber White nailed the final four points of the game, including two free throws with 2.9 seconds on the clock, to lift California to a 66-64 victory over San Jose State Thursday night at The Event Center . The Golden Bears improved to 4-6, while the Spartans fell to 7-3.
While White was the hero down the stretch, three seniors carried most of the offensive load for Cal. Forward Lauren Ashbaugh and guard Kenya Corley posted 18 points, and forward Becky Staubes added a career-high 14 points. The 18 points tied Ashbaugh’s career high. Other career highs for the Bears included freshman guard Latasha O’Keith’s six rebounds and senior guard Nicole Ybarra’s four steals.
The contributions from a variety of players keyed the Bears win, as they played without starting junior center Ami Forney, who had he wisdom teeth pulled Tuesday. Starting point guard Courtney Johnson only played four minutes due to flu-like symptoms.
“This is how I’ve always taken things,” said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. “You believe in those that are here. You go with what you have. There’s nothing we can do about those players that weren’t able to play. I think we’re deeper than I initially thought we were. We had a few players out there tonight who haven’t had a lot of game experience, and they did a pretty good job. I’m pleased with that.”