March 19, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior forward Ashley Walker and forward/center Devanei Hampton have been selected State Farm Coaches' All-America regional finalists. Golden Bears head coach Joanne Boyle has been named the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year.
The State Farm Coaches' All-America team selection committee will review the 52 candidates and cut the list to 40 finalists on Thursday, March 20. The 40 finalists will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America team. Walker and Hampton were named Region 8 finalists along with Stanford's Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel.
Walker, 6-1, has earned her first regional All-America honor on the heels of receiving her second first-team All-Pac-10 accolade. The Modesto, Calif., product leads Cal in scoring (15.0 ppg, 3rd Pac-10), rebounding (9.3 rpg, 1st Pac-10), blocks (1.4 bpg, 3rd Pac-10) and free throw percentage (76.3%, 5th Pac-10) and is second in field goal percentage (51.0%, 5th Pac-10) and steals (1.2 spg). Walker tops the Pac-10 in double-doubles (13) and has 33 for her career.
Walker, a 2007-08 second-team Sports Illustrated All-American, is the only player in school history with at least 1000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocks. She is seventh all-time in Cal history in points (1,430), sixth in rebounds (805) and third in blocks (139).
Hampton, who was named a Kodak Region 8 All-America finalist last season, is Cal's only three-time first-team All-Pac-10 choice in school history. This season, she is second on the Bears in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg). In Pac-10 games, the 6-3 Oakland, Calif., native is fourth in the conference in scoring (14.3 ppg) and tied for second in rebounding (8.4 rpg).
Hampton is ninth all-time in scoring in school history with 1,275 points.
Boyle earned her first regional coach of the year honor after directing Cal to its best regular season in school history. The Bears enter the postseason with a 26-6 overall record, which surpassed the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the school record for wins in a season. Cal placed second in the Pac-10 with a 15-3 record, establishing new school records for best Pac-10 finish and best Pac-10 record.
Additionally, Boyle led Cal to its first appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament final this season. The Bears have earned three straight NCAA Tournament selections under Boyle's direction for the first time in school history. Their No. 3 seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament is Cal's best in program history.
Cal faces 14th-seeded San Diego in the first round of the postseason Saturday, March 22, at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.