Dec. 8, 2005
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Redshirt junior guard Sarah Pool recorded a career-high 22 points to lead California to a 78-57 win over San Jose State Thursday night at the Event Center. The Golden Bears improved to 7-2 with their third straight win, while the Spartans fell to 2-4, as they lost to Cal for the 17th straight time.
Freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson contributed 18 points, and freshman forward/center Devanei Hampton posted 14 points for Cal. Pool, who was 5-of-5 from three-point range and 7-of-7 from the foul line, earned the starting nod, as regular starter freshman Jene Morris saw only two minutes off the bench due to a back injury sustained earlier in the week.
Cal jumped out to a 14-1 lead less than five minutes into the game behind five of Gray-Lawson's 11 first-half points. The Spartans responded with a 15-5 run, sparked by two three-pointers from Natalie White, to trail the Bears only 19-16 with 10:10 remaining in the half.
Pool helped Cal claim a 28-18 advantage at the 7:00 mark with two of her three treys of the half. Hampton kicked the ball out to senior forward Renee Wright for a wide-open jumper, giving the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 35-20. Cal shot 56.0 percent from the floor to lead 36-24 at the half and held San Jose State to 35.7 percent shooting.
Pool hit her fourth three-pointer and Gray-Lawson drained her second to ignite a 10-0 Cal run to start the second half. The Bears led 46-24 with 17:57 remaining on the clock before the Spartans clawed their way back to 16 points at 53-37 at the 12:23 mark. The Spartans' leading scorer, Amber Jackson (18.6 ppg), left the game four minutes into the second half after picking up her fourth foul.
Freshman forward Ashley Walker scored five of her nine points to help Cal regain a comfortable lead at 62-37 with under nine minutes to play with a 9-0 run.
Wright finished the game with 10 points. Jackson paced the Spartans with 18 points, and White added 15. Cal's 78 points was a season high. Baylor remains the only team to post more than 58 points against Cal through nine games.
The Bears wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule against South Carolina State Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.