Dec. 8, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - No. 11 California pulled away from Princeton in the second half to earn a 68-42 victory Saturday night at Jadwin Gym. The Golden Bears improved to 8-1 with their fourth straight victory, while the Tigers dropped to 3-7. Cal held Princeton to an opponent low for points this season.
Freshman reserve guard/forward Kelsey Adrian led Cal with 13 points, including 11 in the second half, and a career-high nine rebounds. Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year, posted nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 12 minutes, marking her season debut after having knee surgery Nov. 9. Sophomore Lauren Greif also added nine points and five assists for the Bears.
Cal led only 27-22 at halftime before Adrian registered eight of the Bears' first 10 points of the second half to extend her team's lead to 37-26 with 16:12 left in the game.
The Tigers trailed 39-31 with 14:35 to go before Adrian sank a three-pointer to ignite a 13-2 Cal run that was capped by an offensive rebound and putback by sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye. Six different Bears scored during the game-changing spurt.
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson nailed a three-pointer off a skip pass by Hampton to give the Bears a 55-34 advantage at the 6:54 mark. Princeton couldn't get any closer than 55-36 the rest of the contest.
Junior forward Shantrell Sneed scored Cal's final six points of the game and twice lifted the Bears to their largest lead of the game at 66-40 and the final score, 68-42.
Junior forward/center Ashley Walker, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder entering the game, saw only 18 minutes of playing time today and fouled out with 3:43 remaining on the clock. Walker got Cal off to a strong start, and nine of Cal's 10 players scored today.
Walker recorded six of Cal's first nine points to give the Bears a 9-3 edge with 15:35 remaining in the first half. Hampton entered the game for the first time with 14:02 left in the opening half and proceeded to post the Bears' next six points in only three minutes on the court.
Princeton didn't allow Cal to pull away in the first half, and the Tigers battled to within 17-15 with under-11 minutes to go behind three-pointers by Ali Prichard and Shelbie Pool.
Cal answered with a 9-3 run to grab its biggest lead at that point at 26-18 with 3:57 remaining until halftime. The run was capped by Greif's second three-pointer of the half.
Meagan Cowher led Princeton with 14 points.
The Bears shot 50.0 percent from the field and held the Tigers to 32.1 percent. Cal also took advantage of a 49-26 rebounding advantage, including 15-5 on the offensive glass, in the teams' first-ever meeting.
Cal plays its final non-conference road game at No. 4/3 Rutgers Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET.