Nov. 4, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior posts Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton combined for 52 points to lead No. 13 California to a 93-65 victor over Loyola New Orleans Sunday afternoon in an exhibition at Haas Pavilion.
"They were a different type of team (compared to DT3)," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "They're all guards, all three-point shooters. It extended us, which we weren't used to. It was good that we had to work on that. We worked the entire game against the zone, and we'll see a lot of zone this year. That was good for us. Just to see the match-ups and what the rotations look like, it's been a good two exhibition games for us."
Walker posted 29 points, including 15 in the second half, and eight rebounds, and Hampton recorded 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian added 13 points off the bench and sophomore guard Lauren Greif contributed 10 points.
While the Bears dominated in the paint, Loyola, which is ranked No. 17 in the preseason NAIA poll, relied on its outside game. The Wolfpack were 10-of-39 from three-point range, with Kiely Schork leading the way with five-three pointers. Schork paced her team with 18 points.
Cal owned a 47-22 rebounding advantage and shot 60.7 percent from the floor. The Bears' defense held the Wolfpack to a 35.0 field goal percentage. Loyola's roster features only two players who are at least six-feet tall and has seven players five-feet eight or shorter.
Loyola held an 8-6 lead less than three minutes into the game, but after that, Cal gained control and gradually extended its lead. The Bears grabbed a double-digit margin at 26-14 with 10:24 left in the first half following one of Greif's two three-pointers.
Cal led by as many as 19 points on two occasions with under-two minutes to go in the half, including after a layup by Adrian. However, Rachel Nolan sank a three-pointer to put the Bears ahead, 47-31, at the half. Hampton and Walker each had 14 first-half points.
Walker scored six points and Adrian tallied five to key a 13-3 Cal run to start the second half. After the Bears held a 26-point edge, Loyola got as close as 63-42 with 14:09 remaining in the game before Cal capitalized on another 13-3 spurt to grab a 31-point advantage at 76-45 at the 10:01 mark.
Junior forward Shantrell Sneed, who tallied six points and eight rebounds today, converted a jumper about two minutes later to give Cal its biggest lead of the contest at 84-50. The Wolfpack couldn't get any closer than 25 points the rest of the way.
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was solid in her second game back since tearing her ACL last December. The preseason honorable mention All-American notched five points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals and didn't commit any turnovers.
"Lexi has gotten a lot of minutes in these two games," said Boyle. "It's been good to see her stamina."
Trenell and Trenese Smith recorded 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Loyola, and Christine Mainguy chipped in 11 points.
Cal opens the regular season at Fresno State Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.