March 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
Cal, making its school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh overall, advances to
the program’s first Sweet Sixteen and is now 4-6 overall in NCAA Tournament games.
The Bears’ previous NCAA wins before 2009 came in first-round wins in 1993 (62-47 win over Kansas) and 2008 (77-60 win over San Diego)
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle won her third NCAA Tournament game and her first second-round game (3-4
overall: 3-3 Cal; 0-1 Richmond).
The Bears tied the program record for most victories in a season with 27, which was set last year when the Bears
posted a 27-7 mark. They are 27-6 in 2008-09.
The Bears are now 1-2 against Virginia and 7-9 in program history against ACC schools. Cal’s last victory over
an ACC school came Dec. 21, 1993, when they defeated Duke 72-66. Joanne Boyle was a first-year assistant
coach for Duke at that time.
Cal’s 99 points is a program record in the NCAA Tournament. The previous record was 84, which the Bears
scored against Long Beach State on March 14, 1990 … The Bears’ final total of 99 points was also a season
best. The previous high was 85, which was achieved twice but last versus Saint Mary’s on Dec. 29, 2008.
Fifth-seeded Virginia marked the highest seeded team that the Bears had defeated during the NCAA
Tournament in program history.
The second-round match-up marked the third meeting between the two teams. The two squads played each other
last Nov. 28, 1998, in Charlottesville, Va., where the Cavaliers defeated the Bears 70-55.
Ashley Walker, who scored a career-high-tying 32 points tonight, has been the Bears' leading scorer five times
in six NCAA Tournament games … Walker had 10 points in the first 12 minutes of play … Walker’s 32 points
were a personal best in an NCAA Tournament game. Her previous best was 21 against Fresno State in this
year’s first round and also against St. John’s in 2006 … Walker entered tonight having made 26-of-42 field
goals in three 2009 postseason games (two Pac-10 Tournament games and one NCAA). After going 14-of-20
tonight, she is now 40-of-62 (64.5%) in the 2009 postseason.
With her 22 points, Devanei Hampton moved into sixth place in career points with 1,573. She surpassed Karen
Smith, who scored 1,559 points … Hampton had 11 rebounds to take over fifth place on the all-time list with
865 boards. She passed Cynthia Cooke, who had 855 career rebounds.
Alexis Gray-Lawson’s 22 points against Virginia set a career high in an NCAA Tournament game. Her former
high was 17 points, which she set against St. John’s in 2006. It was her fourth career double-digit scoring effort
in five NCAA Tournament games.
Cal scored a season-best 53 points in the first-half. The previous high was 52 against Oklahoma … Cal only had
one turnover in the first half, which was the lowest in any half this season … With four straight free throws in
the first half, the Bears had made 14 straight free throws, with 10 coming in the Fresno State game.
Lauren Greif’s nine assists were a career high. Her previous career best was six, which she set Feb. 21, 2009
against Oregon State.
Walker and Hampton each scored in double digits for the 13th time this season with Cal improving to 11-2 in
Cal improved to 6-1 at the Galen Center overall and 4-1 this season. The Bears’ only loss at the arena was the
69-67 Pac-10 semifinal game against USC on March 14, 2009. The Virginia game was the fifth time this season
that Cal has played at the Galen Center.
All of Cal’s 11 student-athletes saw playing time today.