Jan. 5, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Riding a four-game winning streak and fresh off a 57-52 win at USC on Friday, No. 10/10 California (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10, 2nd) plays at UCLA (7-7, 2-1 Pac-10, T3rd) Sunday, Jan. 6, at 12:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Tracy Warren (color) handling the broadcasting duties.
UCLA is coming off a 69-56 upset of No. 2 Stanford on Friday. Cal and UCLA split the season series last year, with the Bruins winning their second straight overtime contest (77-68) over the Bears in Los Angeles.
Cal, winners of eight of its last nine games, looks to sweep USC and UCLA on the road for the first time since 2000-01 this season. The Bears also will try to compile their first five-game winning streak since 2004-05.
This year's Cal team, which is ranked a program best of No. 10, is off to the Bears' best start since the 1991-92 team opened the season with a 14-2 record. Cal is also 3-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since the 1991-92 Bears began the season 4-0.
Cal continues to boast the top scoring defense in the Pac-10 at 53.2 ppg, marking seventh straight games that the Bears' opponents have failed to eclipse the 60-point marker.
Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton looks to shine again against UCLA. The Oakland product averages 23.0 ppg and 12.2 rpg in five outings against the Bruins. In her first start of the season, Hampton recorded season highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds in Cal's win over USC Friday for her first double-double of the season and 18th of her career. She is third on the team in scoring at 12.1 ppg after missing nine games with a knee injury.
Junior forward/center Ashley Walker tops Cal in scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg). Walker, who hails from Modesto, leads the Pac-10 with eight double-doubles, bringing her career total to 28. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and leads the Bears in three-pointers made (28) and percentage (45.9%).
Sophomore guards Lauren Greif (8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Natasha Vital (6.3 ppg, 3.6 apg) round out the Bears' starting unit. The Bears also have four reserves which average at least 10 minutes per game. Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian leads the way at 6.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 21.1 mpg.