December 18, 1998
OAKLAND, Calif. - For the second game in a row, Northwestern faced a team with a hot shooter, this time California's junior forward Paige Bowie, who poured in a career-high 30 points, including a school record eight three-point shots. Bowie made three 3-pointers in the games final 5:36 which broke open the Golden Bears 68-66 lead to 81-71 with 1:30 to play. California (3-2) went on to an 88-76 victory.
The Wildcats took a 40-38 halftime lead behind sophomore point guard Dana Leonard's (Glenview Ill./Glenbrook South) 22 first half points. She made 9-of-15 field goals and three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
The lead changed hands six times during the first half. Northwestern led by its largest margin (40-33) with 51 seconds left in the first stanza when junior forward Leslie Schock (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) canned a 4 ft. jump hook in the lane. Bowie countered with a three-point shot from the left corner with 31 ticks on the clock and Kenya Corley added a driving layup with 10 seconds to cut the Wildcats' advantage to two (40-38) at the break.
Jennie Leander scored California's first six points to open the second half and the Golden Bears took a 44-42 lead at the 18:18 mark. Schock took over as the hot hand for Northwestern, scoring eight points in a three-minute span. She put the Wildcats ahead, 53-52 with 15:04 to play.
Leander made a 2 ft. jumper at 14:35 which gave the Golden Bears a lead they would hold on to until 9:48 when sophomore center Tami Sears layup tied the game at 61-61. Sears scored another layup and got fouled on the play. She made her free throw to give NU its last lead of the game, 66-63, with 8:47 left.
Leonard finished with a career-high 26 points, while Schock posted a personal-high 22 points. Sears tallied her third double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Senior guard Megan Chawansky (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) fouled out for the second-straight game. After scoring 27 points at Stanford on Tuesday night, Chawansky was held to just four points and picked up all five fouls in the second half.
Northwestern (5-4) shot 43 percent from the field for the game, while California shot 39.7 percent. The Golden Bears shot 43.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-23). The Wildcats owned the rebounding advantage, 48-45.
Head coach Don Perrelli's team will next be in action on Wed., Dec. 30 when it opens up Big Ten play at Indiana beginning at 6 p.m.