Jan. 4, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After winning seven of its last nine games, No. 21 California (11-3, 2-2 Pac-10, T4th) hosts No. 12 Stanford (10-3, 4-0 Pac-10, T1st) Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The game against the Cardinal, which is part of the Lexus-Gauntlet Challenge, can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet. Saturday is also one of five Kids' Days at Haas Pavilion, with pre and in-game activities geared towards children.
In the last meeting at Haas Pavilion between Cal and Stanford Feb. 11, 2006, the Bears set a new Haas Pavilion women's basketball attendance record of 4,859 fans.
Cal's last win over Stanford in Berkeley occurred Feb. 12, 1993 (64-59), which was also the last time Cal and Stanford were both ranked when they faced each other. The Bears were No. 25 in both the AP and coaches polls, while Stanford was seventh in the coaches' poll and eighth in the AP poll.
Cal was 11-3 (3-1 Pac-10) through 14 games last season in Cal head coach Joanne Boyle's inaugural season. The program's best record through 14 games is 12-2, set in 1983-84 and 1991-92. Boyle is four victories shy of 100 for her career.
The Bears rang in the New Year with their 23rd straight home non-conference victory with a 65-53 triumph over Rhode Island Jan. 2. Sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker (18 points, season-high 15 rebounds) and sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton (17 points, 11 rebounds) led the way with double-doubles.
Walker leads the Bears in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg) and has recorded five double-doubles this season. Hampton, who is second on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg), and Walker form one of the most formidable post combinations in the country.
Senior guard Keanna Levy continued her breakout season against Arizona Dec. 30, leading the Bears to a 65-48 victory with a career-high 17 points and by matching her career high of eight rebounds. Levy, who averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 8.3 mpg her first three seasons, is averaging 8.1 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 30.4 mpg this year.
The guards led the way for Cal in the Arizona win, as freshman Lauren Greif was second on the team with 12 points, matching Levy's four three-pointers. Greif is 7-of-10 from beyond the arc over the last two contests. Freshman Natasha Vital, who has started the last five games for Cal since Alexis Gray-Lawson tore her ACL against Kansas Dec. 10, contributed five points and career highs of eight assists and seven boards vs. the Wildcats.
Freshman forward/center Rama N'diaye, a 6-5 player from Dakar, Senegal, is averaging 5.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg, as the team's top bench contributor.
Cal features 11 healthy players - nine on scholarship - with the addition of walk-on guards Julia Numair and Natalie Nurnberg last week.