March 14, 2009
Today's game marked the first-ever meeting between Cal and USC in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Cal is 4-1 in the Galen Center, 3-1 vs. USC plus Friday's win over Washington in the Pac-10 Tourney.
Cal is now 1-2 in Pac-10 Tournament semifinal games. The Bears' previous appearances came in 2007 (lost to Arizona State, 60-53) and 2008 (defeated Arizona State, 65-61).
With 5 assists, Natasha Vital moved into fifth place on Cal's all-time list, now with 368 assists.
Today's 69-67 result marked the third game this year between Cal and USC decided by 2 points. Cal won the first two, 73-71 in Berkeley and 66-64 in Los Angeles.
Cal was down, 31-24 at the half, the team's largest halftime deficit of the year. The previous high was just three to both UCLA March 1 (30-27) and Arizona March 7 (23-20). Cal eventually fell to UCLA, 71-56, but came back to defeat Arizona, 51-48. Cal is now 5-4 when trailing at the half this year.
Ashley Walker finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds for her team-leading 12th double-double of the year. It was her second consecutive, fourth in her last six games and eighth in her past 12. She had 14 points and 10 boards vs. Washington Friday afternoon. Walker has also had a double-double in all three games vs. USC this season.
Walker reached the 20-point total for the 17th time this season and 35th time in her career.
Walker's 15 rebounds were her highest total since grabbing a career-high 17 vs. Nevada on Nov. 16, Cal's second game of the year.
Walker's 29 points were her most since most since scoring 31 vs. TCU Dec. 17. It was a Cal record for points in a Pac-10 Tournament game (old record: 23 by Devanei Hampton vs. UCLA in 2006).
Devanei Hampton had 18 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
Today marked the second time this season both Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker had double-doubles in the same game. They also accomplished the feat vs. USC in Berkeley on Jan. 31 (Hampton (17-11; Walker 21-11).
Cal played without forward Rama N'diaye, who suffered a concussion in Friday's game vs. Washington.
Cal grabbed 52 rebounds, their most since snaring 54 vs. South Florida on Nov. 27.