March 13, 2009
Today's game marked the first-ever meeting between Cal and Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Devanei Hampton scored 9 points to pass Trisha Stafford and move into seventh place on Cal's career scoring list. Hampton now has 1,537 points, while Stafford finished with 1,530 points from 1989-92.
Ashley Walker was a big key to Cal grabbing a 14-4 lead in the opening 5:30 of the game. She scored 8 points (4-4 FG, 0-1 FT), snared three rebounds and picked off a steal at the start. During the run, Cal shot 66.7% from the floor (6-9), while the Bears held Washington to 2-for-11 (18.2%). Walker finished the half shooting 6-for-6 for 12 points in only 11 minutes of action.
Walker recorded her team-high 11th double-double of the year with 16:20 left in the game when she corralled her 10th rebound. It took her just 15 minutes of action to reach the stat level.
Cal's starting lineup of Ashley Walker, Devanei Hampton, Natasha Vital, Lauren Greif and Alexis Gray-Lawson combined to shoot 60.0% from the field (15-25) and score 34 points. No starter played more than 20 minutes.
Cal had 37 rebounds to UW's 20, the 11th time this year the Bears have finished with at least 10 boards more than their opponents. The 20 rebounds allowed was a Pac-10 Tournament record low. The previous mark was 21 rebounds by UCLA vs. Stanford in the 2003 semifinals.
Ten of the 11 players who saw action for Cal scored in the game. Only Ashley Walker, with 14 points, reached double figures, but six players had six or more points.
All 11 players recorded at least one rebound, led by 10 for Walker and 5 for Gray-Lawson.
Cal has reached the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals for the third straight year.