Jan. 17, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior center Devanei Hampton posted a career-high 28 points, including 17 in the first half, and hauled in nine rebounds to lead No. 8 California to a 64-51 victory over No. 25 Arizona State Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The Golden Bears improved to 16-2 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10 with their eighth consecutive victory, while the Sun Devils dropped to 11-6 (5-1 Pac-10) as they saw their five-game winning streak snapped.
Junior forward Ashley Walker registered 13 points for the Bears. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson and sophomore guard Natasha Vital each dished off six assists for Cal, which had 21 assists to finish one off of its season high.
Cal, which placed third in the Pac-10 last season at 12-6, sits alone atop the Pac-10 at 7-0 Arizona State is second at 5-1, and Stanford is third at 5-2.
Cal, which leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 53.5 ppg, jumped out to a 16-0 lead with 12:44 left in the first half behind six points from Hampton. Jill Noe scored the Sun Devils' first points on a driving layup eight minutes into the game.
ASU closed to within 20-6 before Hampton tallied nine points to lead a 13-4 run that gave the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 33-10 with 2:39 to play in the half. Cal shot 57.7 percent in the first half and finished the game at 47.5 percent.
Behind seven points from Briann January and four points from Lauren Lacey, the Sun Devils closed the half on an 11-1 run to enter the locker room down 34-21. January led her team with 16 points, and Lacey added 10.
ASU extended its run to 16-1 by scoring the first five points of the second half, including the team's only three-pointer of the day by Reagan Pariseau. Vital responded with a three-pointer for the Bears to extend Cal's lead back to double digits at 37-26 at the 18:32 mark.
With Cal leading 40-28 following a trey by Gray-Lawson, Lacey ignited the Sun Devils with a layup that began an 8-0 run. After ASU trailed 40-36 with 13:21 remaining in the game, Hampton helped the Bears regain control of the game with a three-point play and a short jumper in the key.
Cal led 47-37 on a baseline jumper by reserve forward Shantrell Sneed, and ASU made its final rally, closing to within 47-42 at 8:08 after sinking six straight free throws - four by January and two by Kirsten Thompson.
Walker propelled the Bears down the stretch, scoring seven straight points to give Cal a 54-42 edge at the 5:29 mark. She also had four rebounds, two steals and an assist over the final eight minutes of the contest, and ASU couldn't get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
After a steal by Gray-Lawson and a transition layup by Walker, Cal extended its advantage to 62-47 with 1:51 left on the clock. Walker returned the favor less than a minute later with a steal and assist on a fast-break layup from Gray-Lawson to put Cal up 64-49. Dymond Simon hit a jumper with five seconds to go to prevent Cal from keeping its eighth opponent under 50 points in 2007-08.
On the strength of holding Arizona State to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor, Cal improved to 13-1 when holding an opponent under 60 points this season.
Cal's bench made important contributions to help the Bears record their first road win over the Sun Devils since 1998-99. Sneed tallied four points and an assist, and sophomore center Rama N'diaye grabbing six boards.
Cal returns to action at Arizona (6-11, 0-6 Pac-10) Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT), looking to sweep the Sun Devils and Wildcats on the road for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign.