Nov. 18, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Behind a career-high 19 points from freshman forward/center Ashley Walker, California defeated Radford, 73-50, Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 2-1, while the Highlanders dropped to 0-1 after losing their season opener.
"Anytime you get a win you're happy and excited for your team," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "We've got a lot of work to do but getting our team on the floor and getting to play a couple of games earlier than most teams will help us down the road."
Off the bench, Cal freshman center Devanei Hampton contributed 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and freshman guard Jene Morris added 12 points and nine steals - one shy of the school record. Both athletes were playing in their first home game.
"You always talk about someone coming off the bench for you and being a sixth man and being a spark for you," said Boyle. "That's exactly what (Jene) did for us tonight. I felt like we were really flat. When she came in, she gave us a lot of energy. She kept us in our press because she was getting some steals and some layups or feeding some people. That's going to be a huge role for her."
"I picked up what (point guard Johnette Walker) did before she crossed it over," said Morris. "I jumped in front of her on her right side. That's my role on the team, to be a defensive stopper. I came in looking to bring a spark on defense."
Cal jumped out to a 20-2 lead with 10:19 to play behind four three-pointers, including two from junior guard Sarah Pool. Radford regained its composure to close to within 26-16 with 2:15 to play in the half following consecutive layups from Walker.
Hampton closed the half with four straight points to send the Bears into the locker room up 32-18.
The Bears opened the second half with a 16-7 run, capped by a three-point play from Walker and two free throws from Morris, to grab its biggest lead at that point at 48-25 with 11:26 on the clock.
Shavon Earp, who paced Radford with 16 points, scored eight of her points to help her team get within 49-36 with 8:54 remaining in the game. With 5:41 to go, Radford trailed 53-40, but that's when the Bears' offense went into a higher gear.
In a little over two minutes, the Bears built their lead back up to 22 points, keyed by Alexis Gray-Lawson's second three-pointer of the game. Radford couldn't get any closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
The Bears held a 41-32 rebounding edge, including 18-9 on the offensive glass. Radford committed 32 turnovers, with 16 of them coming on Cal steals.
Cal returns to action against UC Davis Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. That game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.