Jan. 13, 2007
SEATTLE (AP) - California was shaken after getting routed by rival Stanford, but rediscovered its swagger in the chilly Pacific Northwest.
Devanei Hampton scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half and the 22nd-ranked Golden Bears routed cold-shooting Washington 72-49 Saturday.
California (13-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-10) rebounded from a 25-point setback to Stanford last weekend by sweeping both Washington and Washington State on the road for the first time in school history. Cal beat the Cougars in Pullman 55-48 Thursday night.
"Coming off the Stanford game ... I think we got rattled and it shook our confidence a little bit," Cal coach Joanne Boyle said. "The best thing this game does for us is it gives us a win on the road, but it gives us a ton of confidence."
Hampton started strong and her teammates followed her lead. Hampton made 11 of 15 shots overall, finishing two off her career-high of 27 set earlier this year against UCLA. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
But it was Hampton's start that set the tone. She scored six points during a 12-0 run to start the game and Washington never answered. The Bears' leading scorer, Ashley Walker, added 12 points and Rama N'diaye had 11.
Washington (12-7, 5-3) shot a season-low 26 percent and lost its third straight to a ranked team -- its fifth loss overall to ranked opponents. The Huskies were on the verge of cracking the Top 25 after a nine-game win streak, but lost to Arizona State last Sunday and Stanford on Thursday.
Cameo Hicks led Washington with 12 points, six under her season average.
"Obviously, we are in a little bit of an offensive slump," Washington coach June Daugherty said. "We have got to get rested up and start moving forward because we know we are a better team than what we have shown the last couple of games."
While the Huskies struggled to make anything against Cal's zone defense, the Bears shot 58.5 percent and never let Washington get closer than 15 in the second half.
Hampton has picked up her scoring since the Bears lost last year's Pac-10 freshman of the year, Alexis Gray-Lawson, to a knee injury on Dec. 10 against Kansas. Hampton averaged 14.4 points over her last seven games entering Saturday, creating a formidable front line with Walker.
Hampton nearly surpassed that average in the first 15 minutes. Her 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 5:58 left in the first half gave the Bears' a 26-9 lead and her two free throws in the final minute gave Cal its biggest lead of the half at 35-14.
Hampton didn't let the cold weather in the Northwest this week bother her.
"The majority of us not being used to this weather at all, we knew it was going to be hard," Hampton said. "I just came in real confident."
Washington missed its first nine shots, 20 of its first 24, and shot just 20 percent in the first half. The 17 first-half points were a season-low for the Huskies and just three off the school record for fewest in a half.
It was the second straight poor shooting performance by the Huskies, who shot only 28 percent against Stanford on Thursday. The 49 points were a season-low.
"The teams we have been playing have played outstanding defense, but we have to find a way around that," Hicks said.