TEMPE, Ariz. — With the clock ticking down, Cal was in position to end its three-game losing streak at Arizona State.
Unfortunately for the Bears, that chance came and went.
Kristine Anigwe and Asha Thomas each missed a shot in the closing seconds, and the No. 24 Bears were left with their fifth loss in six games, this one a 62-61 decision at the hands of the 19th-ranked Sun Devils.
Cal (10-5, 1-3 Pac-12) erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 7-1 run that included four points from Anigwe, and the teams jockeyed for position for the rest of the game as the they combined to make just four of their last 21 shots.
The Bears took their final lead of the game at 61-59 when Anigwe, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds for her 16th consecutive double-double, sank two free throws with 1:26 remaining.
After Arizona State’s Kianna Ibis tied the score with two foul shots with 57 seconds left, the Bears committed a turnover on their next possession. That set the stage for Reili Richardson to put the Sun Devils (12-4, 3-2) ahead with a free throw with five seconds left.
Ibis was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points.
Jaelyn Brown, who came off the bench for the first time this season, scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter to help the Bears take a 23-20 lead. Cal held a one-point lead at halftime, but fell into four-point hole when Arizona outscored the Bears 20-15 in the third quarter.
Cal will host Washington State and Washington next weekend.
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