No. 9 California Tops Washington State, 61-47
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/29/2008

Feb. 29, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- No. 9 California never trailed and led by as many as 17 points en route to a 61-47 victory over Washington State Friday night at Friel Court. The Golden Bears improved to 24-4 overall to tie the 1983-84 Bears for most wins in a season in program history and kept pace with No. 7 Stanford for first place in the Pac-10 at 15-2. The Cougars dropped to 5-23 overall and 2-15 in the Pac-10.

Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton battled foul trouble throughout the game but still led Cal with 16 points in only 23 minutes of action. Junior forward Ashley Walker registered 15 points and three blocks. Junior Alexis Gray-Lawson paced Cal's guard unit with 12 points and hit 3-of-6 from three-point range.

Cal jumped out to a 17-9 lead with 12:25 left in the first half with Gray-Lawson leading the Bears with seven of her points.

WSU's Ebonee Coates scored the next four points to bring her team to within 17-13. Walker grabbed a rebound and scored to ignite a 6-0 run that put Cal up 10 at 23-13 with 5:43 to go until halftime.

The Cougars responded with their own 6-0 run before senior forward Krista Foster and sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye scored to send the Bears into the locker room up 27-19.

Cal played the end of the first half without Hampton and Walker, who were whistled for their second fouls with under five minutes to go in the half.

With the duo back on the court in the second half and WSU trailing only 29-23, Cal was able to extend its lead back to double figures at 34-23 with 15:08 remaining in the game following consecutive baskets by Hampton.

Cal capped a 13-2 run with two three-pointers by sophomore guard Lauren Greif, giving the Bears their largest lead of the game at 42-25 with 13:23 on the clock.

Hampton picked up her fourth foul of the game with 12:04 to go in the half and was forced to sit for over four minutes. With Hampton on the bench, the Cougars went on an 11-2 stretch to close to within 44-36 on a Katie Appleton three-pointer.

WSU got to within 48-41 following another three-pointer by Appleton with 8:33 to go. Gray-Lawson then sank her third three-pointer of the game to begin a 13-6 Bears' run to conclude the game. Sophomore guard Natasha Vital ended the scoring for Cal with a short jumper and tied Greif for the team lead with four assists.

Cal shot 52.9 percent from the floor and held WSU to 40.8 percent. With Greif leading the way with seven rebounds, the Bears maintained a 31-23 rebounding advantage.

Heather Molzen led Washington State with 14 points, Appleton had 12 points, including 10 in the second half, and Kezia Kelly added 10 points for the Cougars.

Cal wraps up the regular season at Washington (12-17, 7-10 Pac-10) Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. The Cardinal, which beat the Huskies 73-53 Friday, face Washington State Sunday at noon.