Dec. 6, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After winning the 2005 Contra Costa Times Classic with two stellar defensive efforts, California (6-2) wraps up its non-conference schedule at San Jose State (2-3) Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and at home against South Carolina State (3-2) Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Saturday, the first 200 youth, high school age and younger, will receive a free plush Oski toy. The team will also sign autographs after the game.
After the South Carolina State game, Cal takes a break for final exams and will resume playing at Washington Dec. 20 in the Pac-10 opener.
The Golden Bears are coming off a 71-36 victory over Columbia and a 58-50 triumph over UNLV in the championship game of the Contra Costa Times Classic. Cal has won its own tournament three straight years for the first time since it claimed the first five Oakland Tribune Classics (1991-95).
Freshman forward/center Devanei Hampton garnered tournament MVP honors after averaging 19.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg over the weekend. Hampton recorded career highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Lady Rebels.
Cal, which boasts a 17-game home non-conference winning streak, has held opponents to 52.8 ppg, with only Baylor - the defending national champion - cracking the 60-point barrier (defeated Cal, 75-58). Freshman guard Jené
Morris leads the Pac-10 in steals at 3.6 steals per game, while freshman forward/center Ashley Walker paces the conference in blocked shots at 2.5 per contest.
For the last three games, Cal has started four freshmen. Those four newcomers are the Bears' top four scorers this season. Walker paces the team at 13.4 ppg, followed by Hampton at 12.4, Morris at 10.1 and guard Alexis Gray-Lawson at 9.5 ppg.
Forward Reneé Wright, the only senior on the team, rounds out Cal's starting rotation. Wright averages 7.0 ppg and paces the Bears at 8.8 rpg.
Redshirt junior guard Sarah Pool and sophomore forward Krista Foster have provided solid contributions off the Bears' bench after starting the first four games of the season. Pool leads the club at 4.3 apg, and
Foster is averaging 6.0 ppg after contributing 10 points against Columbia and 12 against UNLV (11-16 FG).