Dec. 30, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -- No. 11 California played arguably its most complete games of the season to defeat Washington State, 99-44, Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 11-2 overall (2-0 Pac-10) and are off to the program's best start since the 1991-92 team opened with a 14-2 record. The Cougars dropped to 3-10 (0-2 Pac-10).
The 55-point win established a new Cal record for margin of victory in a Pac-10 game, shattering the previous mark of 35 (97-62 vs. Arizona Jan. 26, 1987, in Berkeley). The 99 points the Bears posted today broke the previous Bears' women's Haas Pavilion record of 96 (96-54 win over Harvard Dec. 2, 2006).
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson led Cal with 19 points, and sophomore guard Lauren Greif recorded a season-high 17 points on the strength of 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. The four three-pointers equaled her career high set three times last season. Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton contributed 13 points and became Cal's 19th 1000-point scorer with a post move on the right side of the key with 15:50 to go in the game. Junior forward/center Ashley Walker and freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian each tallied 12 points to give the Bears five double-digit scorers for the first time this season.
Walker added 11 rebounds to register her seventh double-double of 2007-08 and 27th of her career. She also recorded five assists, three blocks and three steals.
Cal jumped out to a 13-0 lead about four minutes into the game, and Washington State never made a serious challenge. Alexa Price hit her first of four three-pointers to put WSU on the scoreboard with 15:40 remaining in the opening half. Price was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the first half to help the Cougars trail only 18-11 with 13:12 to play. Price led WSU with 14 points off of the bench.
Cal built its lead back to double-digits for good with 12:26 left until halftime with a spin move from Walker that gave the Bears a 22-11 advantage. Gray-Lawson scored on a fast-break layup with 6:38 to go in the half to extend Cal's edge to 38-18.
WSU closed to within 15 points at one point, but the Bears clawed their way to a 29-point edge and led 53-25 at the half.
The Bears extended their lead past 30 points at 56-25 following a three-point play by Gray-Lawson less than two minutes into the second half. Greif made 1-of-2 free throws to push Cal's margin to 40 points at 77-37 with 7:37 remaining in the game, and freshman guard Rachelle Federico drained a three-pointer with 1:30 on the clock to give Cal its first 50-point edge. The final score marked the Bears' largest lead of the game.
All 10 Cal players scored against Washington State. The Bears shot 52.4 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point range by hitting a season-high 10 three-pointers (10-16). Cal also held a 44-28 rebounding advantage and committed a season-low 11 turnovers.
Cal returns to action at USC Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.