Jan. 12, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton posted 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 9 California to a 61-45 victory over Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 15-2 (6-0 Pac-10) with their first seven-game winning streak since the 1991-92 season, while the Beavers fell to 8-8 (1-4 Pac-10)
"It was a good game," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "I felt like we did some really good things. I felt like we played some great defense, except a spurt at the end there. They got a little hot. I felt like in the first half we had a lot of offense. We were playing a lot of kids in the second half. We were trying to get a rotation and get the subs some minutes. There was a disconnect a little bit, but it was good to get everybody into the rotation and get a win."
Junior forward/center Ashley Walker tallied a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson added 14 points in a game that saw nine Cal players see at least 11 minutes of playing time, and all 10 players saw action.
Cal held Oregon State to an opponent season-low 26.3 field goal percentage and limited the Pac-10's leading scorer Ashley Allen to seven points. The Bears, who extended their home winning streak to 12, made 54.0 percent of their shots, including 65.5 percent in the first half.
Cal raced to a 19-5 lead with 13:45 left in the first half behind a balanced scoring effort. Gray-Lawson led the opening spurt with seven points, and Hampton and Walker each had four points. Hampton notched her second double-double of the season today, shooting 7-of-9 from the field.
The Bears extended their lead to 17 points at 25-8 with 10:05 remaining until halftime after Gray-Lawson hit a midrange jumper falling down.
Mercedes Fox-Griffin converted a three-point play for Oregon State to bring her team to within 30-16. That's as close as the Beavers would get the rest of the game, as the Bears held a 40-8 advantage in the paint and did well in the open court.
Walker and Gray-Lawson each scored fastbreak layups, and Krista Foster received a nice pass from Greif in the lane to help Cal go ahead 37-16 with three minutes to go in the opening half. Cal entered the locker room up 42-21 after sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye completed a wild series of offensive rebounds for the Bears by getting fouled on a short jumper and converting the ensuing free throw.
Cal's lead ballooned to 27 points at 55-28 with 9:19 to go in the game, courtesy of a jumper by Gray-Lawson. The Beavers finished the game on a 17-6 run but were unable to overtake the Bears. Talisa Rhea paced Oregon State with 16 points off the bench, including two of her four three-pointers in the final two minutes. Fox-Griffin had 10 points.
Cal held a 38-30 rebounding advantage, marking the 14th game this season the Bears have held an advantage on the glass.
With 14 points on the day, Hampton moved into 16th place on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1060 points.
Cal hits the road to play Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The Sun Devils beat Arizona, 75-65, to improve to 5-0 in the Pac-10 and 11-5 overall.