March 28, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomores Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker received honorable mention Associated Press All-America honors today. The posts are the first Golden Bears to earn All-America distinction since Milica Vukadinovic became the school's only first-team Kodak All-American in 1992-93.
Earlier this month, Hampton became the first Cal women's basketball player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after leading the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and ranking second in scoring (18.9 ppg) in conference games. A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Hampton finished the season averaging 16.6 ppg and 8.0 rpg, placing her seventh and third in the conference, respectively. The 6-3 center from Oakland, Calif., recorded eight double-doubles and posted at least 20 points 11 times this season.
Hampton, a Naismith Trophy preseason candidate, is a finalist for the Kodak All-America team. She also was tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team and twice received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2006-07.
Walker, a 6-1 forward, joined Hampton as first-team All-Pac-10 choices this year and was a member of the Wade Trophy watch list. Walker led the team and ranked third in the conference in scoring at 17.3 ppg. She also paced the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.7 rpg), was third in field goal percentage (.532) and fourth in blocked shots (1.34 bpg). Highlighted by a career-high 32 points and 11-rebound effort in a home win over USC, Walker led the Pac-10 with 12 double-doubles and tallied at least 20 points 10 times this season. The Modesto, Calif., product paced the Bears with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Walker was the only three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient this season, joining Jennifer Bennett (four in 1986-87) as the only Bears who have garnered the award at least three times in one campaign.
Cal finished the 2006-07 season with a 23-9 record, which was one win shy of matching the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the most wins in school history. This year's team also placed third in the Pac-10 - a program best - at 12-6, which equaled the 1991-92 squad for the best Pac-10 record in school history. Under the direction of Pac-10 Coach of the Year Joanne Boyle, Cal earned its second consecutive NCAA Tournament selection and will be in pursuit of a program-record third straight bid next season.