Originally created 12/03/01

Lady Dogs 54, California 48

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Tawana McDonald scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots as No. 13-ranked Georgia won the Oakland Tribune Classic championship with a 54-48 victory over California on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (5-0) used a 17-2 run to take a 38-28 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

Kristin Iwanaga hit a 3-pointer during a California 13-4 run that cut the deficit to 42-41 with 5:13 remaining.

But California (4-1), which made only 17-of-35 free throws, could not capitalize from the free-throw line down the stretch, missing four of eight.

Ami Forney led the Bears with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

California, which shot 24 percent from the floor, opened the game on a 12-0 run, but the Bulldogs closed the margin to seven on a McDonald put back with less than eight minutes to play.

McDonald scored six of Georgia's next eight points to cut the Bears lead to 22-16 with less than a minute left in the first half.

California had a chance to extend its advantage to 10 points before halftime, but Amber White missed four straight free throws as the Bears finished making only 8-of-18 from the free-throw line in the first half.


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