Nov. 18, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 18 California (2-0) faces host Pepperdine (2-1) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game of the Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic. The Golden Bears are coming off of an 88-60 victory over Florida (1-2) Friday in the first game of the tournament, while the Waves upset No. 12 Rutgers, 75-73, in overtime in the following contest.
The Cal-Pepperdine game can be followed via live stats on CalBears.com and can be heard on KALX Radio (90.7 FM) or via the Internet at kalx.berkeley.edu. However, KALX will join the Cal women's basketball game following the conclusion of the Cal-USC football game which begins at 5 p.m. PT. Fans can also listen to Pepperdine's audio broadcast or watch live video at Pepperdinesports.com.
Cal holds a 5-0 all-time series lead over Pepperdine. The teams haven't met since the 1992-93 season, with the Bears posting a 69-55 victory. Today's game will be the second time the Bears and Waves have faced each other in Malibu.
Cal looks to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season when the Bears opened with a 3-0 mark before losing at Colorado, 74-63.
The win over Florida was Cal's first over the SEC school. The Gators now hold a 2-1 series lead. Cal's only other win over an SEC school came against Vanderbilt during the 1989-90 season (72-70) in Nashville, Tenn.
Sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton posted 19 points to lead five double-figure scorers for Cal against Florida. Sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker added 17 points, and sophomore guard Alexis Gray-Lawson chipped in 13. Senior guard Keanna Levy and freshman guard Lauren Greif tallied 10 points apiece. This marked the first time Cal had five players in double figures since the Bears defeated South Carolina State, 94-48, Dec. 10, 2005.
Keanna Levy has been a sparkplug for the Bears in their first two games of the season after seeing limited action as a junior last season. Levy equaled her career highs for points (10) and rebounds (8) against Florida in 23 minutes of action. As a junior, Levy played a total of 100 minutes in 11 games.