WSU’s Upset Bid Falls Short in the Final Seconds at No. 24 Cal
BERKELY, Calif. — A 40 minute back-and-forth battle came down to the final :30 seconds in Berkeley where the No. 24 Golden Bears (13-4, 4-2) slipped passed Washington State (8-10, 1-5), 66-60, Sunday afternoon.
Leading by one with just over two minutes to play in the game, the Cougs would hit an offensive wall as Cal went on a 7-0 run, including scoring six in the game’s final :28 seconds to close out the win.
Down just two with :28 seconds to play, the Cougs had a chance to tie or take the lead with what looked like the final possession of the game only to literally see the game slip out of their hands as the loud environment led to a miscommunication and a WSU turnover. From there, the Bears would hit their free throws to finish off the win.
Prior to the game’s final minute the Sunday contest was a battle between the some of the Pac-12’s best scorers as Borislava Hristova went shot for shot with Cal’s All-American Kristen Anigwe. In the end it would be Anigwe’s dominant effort in the paint, including the go-ahead layup with :28 seconds to play, that won out as the junior finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds to outduel Hristova’s 25-point effort.
Stat of the Game
The Bears used a pair of 7-0 runs at the end of each half to erase Cougar leads, the first gave Cal a one-point lead at the half, the second the six-point win at the final buzzer.
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