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No. 21 Bears Bully Rhode Island, 65-53
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/02/2007

Jan. 2, 2007

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ashley Walker had 18 points and 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, leading No. 21 California past Rhode Island 65-53 on Tuesday night.

Devanei Hampton posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Golden Bears' 23rd straight nonconference win at home. Freshman Lauren Greif also scored 14 points with back-to-back 3-pointers late and also grabbed eight boards.

Hampton, who added four assists, scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and had her 10th career double-double in Cal's seventh win in nine games. The team's losses came in overtime to UCLA and then to then-No. 10 Arizona State last Thursday.

Amanda McGrew, LaQuanda Brandon and Safi Mojidi all scored 11 points for the cold-shooting Rams (2-12), who were outrebounded 44-23, held to 36 percent from the floor and limited to only five points over the final 9:25 of the first half. It was the Rams' first matchup against a ranked team this season and they completed a stretch with seven of eight games either on the road or at a neutral site.

Jessica Magley's basket with 8:31 to play pulled Rhode Island within 10, 52-42, and the Rams got it to 55-49 before Greif hit consecutive 3s - the first from well behind the line to beat the shot clock.

For Cal (11-3), this was a final nonconference tuneup before the Bears host 12th-ranked Stanford on Saturday. Cal has lost 13 straight games in the Bay Area rivalry since an 82-73 victory on Feb. 16, 2001, at Maples Pavilion.

Walker scored seven points and Hampton six during a 16-2 first-half run that helped the Bears build a 41-21 lead at the break.

The teams played for the first time, though Cal coach Joanne Boyle went 4-1 against the Rams during her three-year tenure at Richmond.

Cal sophomore point guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in her right knee sustained at Kansas on Dec. 10. She is out for the rest of the season.

Additional Cal Game Notes
-Today's game was the first time this season and fourth time in the last two years that Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker posted double-doubles in the same game.

- Ashley Walker's 15 rebounds were a season high and one shy of her career high set vs. USC Jan. 6, 2006. Walker has 13 double-doubles for her career.

- Lauren Greif is 7-of-10 from three-point range in her last two games. Greif sank 3-of-5 three-pointers tonight.

- The Bears have outrebounded 10 of their 14 opponents this season and are 8-2 in those games.


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