Jan. 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
With Stanford's loss to UCLA tonight, Cal is tied for first in the Pac-10 with Arizona State with 3-0 records. The Bears play the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.
At 12-2, Cal continues to be off to the best start since the 1991-92 Bears had the same record through 14 games.
Cal has now won five straight games over USC to match the Bears' longest winning streak ever over the Women of Troy. From the 1988-89 season through part of the 1990-91 campaign, the Bears also assembled a five-game winning streak over the Trojans.
Ashley Walker recorded her Pac-10-leading eighth double-double against USC (12 points, 13 rebounds), giving her 28 double-doubles for her career.
Devanei Hampton, who started her first game of the season, posted her first double-double of 2007-08 and the 18th of her career tonight. Hampton contributed season highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds against USC. Hampton, who now has 1024 points, also surpassed Chris Sellin (1979-82) for 18th place on Cal's all-time scoring chart. Sellin has 1008 points.
Lauren Greif and Kelsey Adrian both sank key three-pointers in crunch time for the Bears. With Cal leading only 48-46, Greif made a three-pointer to extend the Bears' lead to 51-46 with 4:13 left in the game. Adrian converted her three as the shot clock expired to push Cal's edge back to 54-48 with 2:11 on the clock.
Cal began the day as the Pac-10 leader for rebounding margin at +10.5. With Walker and Hampton combining for 26 boards, Cal held a +20 advantage on the glas (50-30).
Alexis Gray-Lawson set a season high of seven assists vs. USC.