March 22, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - California made its sixth overall and third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Cal posted its second NCAA Tournament win in school history and first since 1993 to improve to 2-5 all-time in NCAAs.
San Diego earned its first trip in eight years to the NCAA Tournament with the West Coast Conference's automatic bid after defeating Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament final. Saturday's contest marked the Toreros third trip to the Big Dance. San Diego is now 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament.
The first round match-up is the first-ever meeting between the Toreros and Golden Bears.
Cal opened the game with a 6-0 run and claimed its largest lead of the half, 20-points (42-22), on a three-pointer from Kelsey Adrian.
The Bears led 14-2 and began the game 9-of-10 from the floor.
Sam Child ended the five minutes of scoreless play for the Toreros with a jumper with 45.4 seconds remaining in the half. Morgan Henderson then nailed a buzzer-beater trey to end the first half trailing 15-points, 42-27.
By the end of the first half, Cal's Ashley Walker already tabbed her Pac-10-leading 14th double-double of the season and 34th of her career with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Golden Bears held a 20 point-advantage on 11 occasions. Cal's largest lead of the contest, 22-points, came twice in the second half- first on a layup by Ashley Walker and last on a jumper by Krista Foster with 8:14 to remaining in the second half.
Ashley Walker is the only player is Cal history with two double-doubles in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, she recorded 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. Notre Dame. Walker led Cal in scoring vs. Notre Dame and vs. St. John's in 2006 with 21 points. Devanei Hampton paced Cal with 22 points against San Diego.
Natasha Vital tied Cal's NCAA Tournament record for assists in a game with eight. Monica Wiley also had eight vs. Long Beach State in 1990.
Ashley Walker also moved up to the No. 2 spot in Cal's single season rebounds list with 308. With her game-high 12 rebounds, Walker is now five boards shy of capturing the school single season record. Colleen Galloway (1977-78) owns the record of 312 rebounds.
Ashley Walker climbed from sixth to fifth in career rebounds at Cal with 815.
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle won her first NCAA Tournament game (1-3 overall: 1-2 Cal; 0-1 Richmond)
Cal set a school record for steals in an NCAA Tournament game with a final tally of 17.
All 10 Cal players saw action in the game.
With the win, Cal advances to the second round and will face George Washington on Monday, March 24.