March 10, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Monday, March 10 No. 2-Seed Cal (26-5) vs. No. 1-Seed Stanford (29-3) HP Pavilion, San Jose 7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Net Radio: 90.7 FM
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
In the midst of the best season in school history, No. 8/9 California faces No. 4/7 Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament final Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The second-seeded Golden Bears take a 26-5 overall record into their first Pac-10 Tournament title game, while the Cardinal is 29-3 entering Battle of the Bay Part 3. The winner of the game earns the Pac-10 automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the HP Pavilion box office.
Cal looks to beat a team ranked fourth or higher for the first time since the Bears defeated No. 2/2 Stanford, 74-65, Jan. 10, 1992, in Berkeley.
Cal, which has surpassed the 1983-84 Bears' previous school record (24-8) for wins in a season, advanced to the final by beating No. 7-seeded Oregon, 67-60, in the quarterfinals and No. 3-seeded Arizona State, 65-61, in the semifinals. Stanford won the first two meetings of the year over Cal, 72-52, at Maples Pavilion and 60-58 at Haas Pavilion. The game at Haas was played in front of a Pac-10 women's basketball record crowd (10,525).
Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton, a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, has led or tied for team-high scoring honors in all five of Cal's Pac-10 Tournament games in her career. Against the Sun Devils, she posted 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds (eighth double-double). Hampton averages 19.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg during Pac-10 Tournament play.
Junior Ashley Walker, a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 honoree, recorded her Pac-10-leading 13th double-double against ASU, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Together, Hampton and Walker accounted for 26 of Cal's 44 rebounds vs. the Sun Devils, which had 34 boards. Walker leads Cal in scoring (15.4 ppg, 3rd Pac-10) and rebounding (9.3 rpg, 1st Pac-10) and looks to become the sixth Cal player to eclipse the 800 career-rebound plateau (at 796). Cal tops the Pac-10 and ranks among the nation's bests in rebounding margin (+8.4 rpg). Cal is 24-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
The Bears, which have been ranked in the top 10 in the national polls for 11 straight weeks, have relied on their defense this season. They are first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.0 ppg) and are challenging ASU's conference record of 54.7 ppg, set in 2004-05.
Sophomore guard Natasha Vital is having an outstanding Pac-10 Tournament. Vital flirted with a triple double vs. Oregon (14 pts, 9 assists, 7 rebs) and had 14 points and made three treys (tied career high) vs. ASU.
Vital, junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, sophomore guard Lauren Greif and freshman forward/guard Kelsey Adrian have helped Cal set a new school record for three-pointers in a season with 141, surpassing the 1995-96 team (135). Gray-Lawson has converted a career-high 53 three-pointers, while Greif has 32, Vital 30 and Adrian 24. Sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye (6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) provides a spark off the bench.