March 29, 2009
The Bears made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time in women's basketball program history. They are now 4-8 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears finish the 2008-09 campaign with a 27-7 overall record, tying for the most wins in a season in school history with last season's identical 27-7 record.
UConn's largest deficit of the season came when Cal went up by eight points with 6:38 to play in the first half.
UConn's 24-point scoring margin against the Bears fell well under the Huskies average of 31.6 points through the entire season and 33.5 points in this year's NCAA Tournament.
The 35-33 halftime score was Connecticut's closest since the 34-34 tie in the Nov. 16, 2008 game versus Georgia Tech.
Walker has scored 20 or more points in six of seven NCAA Tournament games in her career. She has now scored 156 points (22.3 ppg) in NCAA Tournament and has led the Bears in scoring in each of the seven NCAA Tournament games in which she has played.
Cal shot 100 percent (11-11) from the free-throw line against the Huskies, their first perfect game from the charity stripe this season. Cal shot 80.4 percent (45-56) from the charity stripe in the three NCAA Tournament games, well above their season average of 70.1 percent.
The Bears made five or more three-pointers in each of this season's NCAA Tournament games. Against UConn, Cal made eight three-pointers. It was the fourth time this season that the Bears hit eight or more threes in a game.
Ashley Walker's third three-pointer of the game ended a five-minute, 53-second second half scoring drought. It was the first time in Walker's career she hit three threes in a game.
It took Walker just eight minutes to reach double-digits in scoring.
Walker began the game going 6-for-8 from the field, racking up 16 points, in the first 13:35.
With 21 points against the Huskies, Ashley Walker finished her Cal career with 2,142 total points for second place on the all-time scoring list behind Colleen Galloway, who has 2,320. Hampton is in sixth place with 1,588 career points.
Ashley Walker further etched her name into program history with seven rebounds against UConn to bring her career total to 1,117, the all-time most by any Cal women's basketball player.
Devanei Hampton had a team-high 11 rebounds to move into fourth place on the all-time list with 876, surpassing Teresa Palmisano (874).
Ashley Walker finished her Cal career with an average of 16.48 points per game.