Dec. 10, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California set a new Haas Pavilion Golden Bears' scoring record with a 94-48 victory over South Carolina State Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. With its fourth straight win and 18th consecutive home non-conference victory, Cal improved to 8-2, while South Carolina State fell to 3-3 (1-0 MEAC).
The previous Haas Pavilion Cal women's basketball scoring record was established in the Bears' 90-67 triumph over San Jose State Nov. 25, 2003. The 46-point margin of victory is Cal's biggest since Jan. 18, 1980, when the Bears defeated Biola by 53 points, 105-52.
"I think we took some good things out of this game," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "Thirty assists on 39 baskets, learning how to share the basketball and playing up-tempo and getting some easy buckets and learning about our transition game a bit more were all positives. In the second half, in particular, we got to work through the back end of our offenses. We were able to work on some of our different defenses. Typically, we're a man team, but we got to work on our zone. There were many bright spots that came out of today's game."
Freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson led a quintet of double-digit scorers for Cal today with a career-high 23 points. Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker followed with a career-high 20 points. Freshman forward/center Devanei Hampton contributed 19 points, junior guard Sarah Pool added 14, and senior forward Renee Wright had 12.
Pool added a career-high 11 assists to record her second career double-double in the last three days. She notched career bests of 22 points and 10 rebounds in the San Jose State win Dec. 8. This week, Pool was 10-of-11 from the floor, 7-of-8 from three-point range and 9-of-9 from the foul line.
"Sarah is doing a great job of pushing the ball and getting easy baskets for other players," said Boyle. "She has a great feel for the transition game. She's very confident in her shot right now."
Cal opened up a 30-8 lead with 9:26 left in the first half, sparked by two three-pointers from Gray-Lawson and one from Pool. The Bears grabbed a 30-point lead at 55-25 with 1:39 to go until halftime, following a three-point play from Walker, and led 61-26 at the break.
The Bears shot a torrid 77.4 percent in the first half and finished at 65.0 percent for the game, short of the school record of 68.7 percent. The Bulldogs converted 32.7 percent of their field goals.
The scoring pace slowed down in the second half, but South Carolina State didn't get any closer than 37 points the rest of the game. With 4:10 to go, a jumper by Hampton gave the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 92-52. All eight dressed Cal players saw at least 10 minutes of playing time.
Latoya Dent led South Carolina State with nine points.
Cal's 30 assists came close to the school record of 33, set vs. Saint Mary's Nov. 28, 1989.
"With a very young team, I'm excited to be 8-2," said Boyle. "And, in the two losses, we were competitive. This team has grown together and learned to sacrifice and play different roles. We've learned how to be down in games and come back and win. We've had to play in some tough environments. We've been put in tough situations and have risen to the challenges."
After a break for finals, Cal returns to action at Washington Dec. 20 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Bears then travel to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State Dec. 22.