Feb. 8, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The California Golden Bears (20-2, 11-0 Pac-10) extended their win streak to 12 games with a 74-54 victory over the Washington State Cougars (8-14, 2-9 Pac-10).
The Bears started the game making five of their first six shots, opening up with an 11-3 run. The Cougars took advantage of Cal turnovers to get back into the game, mounting an 8-2 run to pull within two points, 23-21. Junior guard Lauren Greif's 3-pointer broke WSU's momentum, and the Bears outscored the Cougars 20-7 the rest of the half for a 43-28 halftime lead. Cal shot 63 percent in the first half, while WSU was shooting just 34 percent.
The Bears scored the first seven points of the second half for a 50-28 lead and coasted to a 12th straight win that extended their school record.
Senior forward Ashley Walker, leading scorer in the Pac-10, scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes. Walker's 11 rebounds gave her 1,002 in her career, just the second Cal player to reach that milestone and the ninth player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 rebounds.
"It's very cool," the 6-foot-1 senior said of her 1,000th rebound. "It's something that hasn't been done in a very long time."
Walker made 8-of-13 shots and added seven assists, tying her career high. Senior center Devanei Hampton chipped in 15 points and junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson added 11 for the Bears. Cal shot more than 60 percent most of the game before cooling off at the end to finish at 53 percent, including 8-of-14 3-pointers. They held Washington State to 34 percent shooting in the game.
Boyle was able to clear her bench after her team got up by 30 in the second half.
"It's very important to get the seventh, eighth and ninth players in the game," Boyle said. "They sacrifice every day in practice. Down the road it's going to be so important for those young girls to have minutes.
Washington State was outrebounded 43-32.
They were led by 22 points from freshman April Cook, who scored 17 of those in the second half. Heather Molzen added nine points and eight rebounds.
"Wow, rough weekend," said WSU coach June Daugherty, whose team lost by 30 to No. 7 Stanford on Friday
Washington State fell to the Bears for the ninth consecutive time.
The Cougars start three freshmen, and Daugherty was proud of them for staying in the game even as the deficit grew.
"They used it as a learning tool," Daugherty said. "A weekend like this is a great weekend for a team like us. We are learning what it takes to win. We want to climb there."
Cook said her teammates remain confident that their potential will be realized. It was also a pleasure to play against a great team like Cal, Cook said.
"They are so good, they make us all better every time we play them," Cook said.
Cal's next game is a rematch next Saturday, Feb. 14 against Stanford, a team they beat 57-54 earlier this season. The game is at 8 p.m. in Palo Alto.