No. 9 Bears Get Defensive vs. Ducks
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2008

Feb. 9, 2008

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- California held Oregon to its lowest scoring output in 30 years and won in Eugene for the first time in 15 years Saturday.

Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a game-high 16 points and junior center Devanei Hampton had 11 points and 11 rebounds as No. 9 California beat Oregon 53-34 at McArthur Court.

"This game boosts our confidence," Gray-Lawson said. "It's good to know that we can play anywhere, but we can't be celebrating for too long."

California (21-3, 12-1 Pacific-10 Conference) last won at Oregon during the 1992-93 season, the last time it swept the season over Oregon, (10-14, 4-9).

Oregon's 34 points was its lowest scoring total since losing to Washington 51-34 in the 1977-78 season.

Oregon led 19-18 with 2:19 left in the first half, but California used a 5-0 run to take a 23-19 halftime lead. The Bears, off to their best Pac-10 start in program history, opened the second half on a 21-6 run to extend their lead to 44-25 with 8:15 remaining.

Gray-Lawson scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half, including a running jumper in the lane to cap the 21-6 run.

"We played much better in the second half and were able to get a lot of transition buckets early due to our blocking out and rebounding," California coach Joanne Boyle said. "Defense and rebounding have been our emphasis all year."

California junior Ashley Walker, who entered as the team's leading scorer with 16.2 points per game, was held to four points. But Walker, who played only seven minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, had a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Ducks shot 11 of 55 for 20 percent against the Pac-10's leading scoring defense. California outrebounded Oregon 50-30, including 29-11 in the second half.

"At halftime, that's what coach really focused on, us not getting on the boards enough," Hampton said. "So after the half, we came out, got a body on somebody and pushed out the margin."

Sophomore guard Micaela Cocks had seven points to lead Oregon, which also got six points each from junior Nicole Canepa and sophomore Taylor Lilley.

"Today, our offense was flat," Oregon junior guard Tamika Nurse said. "We couldn't score. I don't know when you're going to win shooting 20 percent."

It was Oregon's sixth loss in a row. "Our team needs to have more energy," Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "We need to find our identity that we had a month ago."