Nov. 15, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After posting a strong showing in the Preseason WNIT, California (1-1) returns home to host Radford (0-0) Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal assistant coach Kim Hairston played two seasons (1996-98) for the Highlanders before transferring to Richmond.
The Golden Bears won their third straight season opener with a 64-45 victory over Eastern Washington Nov. 9 in Berkeley but lost at New Mexico, 55-46, in front of 8,164 fans Nov. 13.
Joanne Boyle begins her first season as head coach at California after directing Richmond to three straight 20-plus wins seasons and three postseason berths. In 2005, the Spiders earned their first NCAA Tournament bid in 14 years.
Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker (Modesto, Calif.) leads Cal in scoring at 15.5 ppg after tallying a career-high 17 points against the Lobos. Walker has also shone as a shot blocker, averaging 4.0 bpg.
Freshman Devanei Hampton, a 6-3 forward/center from Oakland, Calif., made her debut in New Mexico off the bench with nine points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (Oakland, Calif.) is tied with Hampton for second on the team in scoring at 9.0 ppg.
Freshman guard Jené Morris made her Cal debut against the Lobos, as well, after missing the exhibition and EWU games with a sprained right hand. Morris had two points and a steal off the bench at New Mexico.
Forward Reneé Wright (Antelope, Calif.), the only senior on this year's team, leads the Bears in rebounding at 11.0 per game and hauled in a career-high 14 boards against Eastern Washington.
Redshirt junior point guard Sarah Pool became the only returning starter on this year's team with sophomore center Jessica Lawson (Edgewood, Fla.) out for the year with an ACL tear. Pool, who ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in assists last year at 4.2 apg, is averaging 6.0 ppg and 5.5 apg this year.
Cal hosts UC Davis Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet before traveling to Mexico for the Caribbean Classic Nov. 24-27. The Bears face Marshall on Thanksgiving Day before battling Baylor, the defending national champions Nov. 26.