No. 16/17 Cal Travels to Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/22/2006

Nov. 22, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 16/17 California (3-0), which continues to earn its highest national rankings in program history, travels to the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25, at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn.

The Golden Bears, who are one of two undefeated teams in the Pac-10, will face Belmont (2-1) Friday at 2 p.m. CT (noon PT) after No. 14/14 Vanderbilt (4-0) entertains Florida Atlantic (1-4) at noon CT (10 a.m. PT). The winners of each game meet Saturday at 2 p.m. CT, while the losers play in the consolation game at noon CT. Cal, Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic were 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, and Belmont earned a bid to the WNIT.

Cal looks to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2001-02 and 5-0 for the first time since 1981-82.

Last weekend, Cal claimed the 2006 Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic with an 88-60 victory over Florida in the first round and a 72-54 triumph over host Pepperdine in the championship game. The win over Florida marked Cal's first over the Gators and third all-time over an SEC school.

Sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 21.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg during the tournament. Walker also became the first Pac-10 Player of the Week this season after her outstanding weekend. Sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton averaged 18.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg, receiving all-tournament honors.

Walker leads Cal and is ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.0 ppg. Hampton and sophomore guard Alexis Gray-Lawson are tied for second on the team in scoring at 13.0 ppg.

Freshman guard Lauren Greif has performed well as a starter in three games, averaging 9.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg. She paces the Bears and is third in the Pac-10 in steals at 3.67 per game.

Senior guard Keanna Levy, junior forward Krista Foster and freshman forward/center Rama N'diaye have also seen action in the Bears' starting lineup and have been impact players so far this year.

As a team, Cal is second in the conference in scoring (77.0 ppg) and third in scoring defense (56.7 ppg). The Bears top the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (35.8%).

After traveling for four straight games, Cal returns home to host the Contra Costa Times Classic Dec. 2-3 and Fresno State Dec. 7, before hitting the road again for three straight games.