Nov. 7, 2008
BERKELEY - On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, the California Golden Bears women's basketball team plays its final warm-up of the regular season, a 2 p.m. exhibition game against Vanguard. Admission for this game is free for all fans.
A Look at the Golden Bears
The California Golden Bears women's basketball team, selected as the No. 9 team in the nation in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls, cruised to an easy 95-51 victory over Chico State Nov. 5 at Haas Pavilion. Six Cal players, including all five starters, posted double-digits in scoring. Senior forward Shantrell Sneed, whose career high points in official games is nine, scored 15 for the Bears, hitting six of eight field goal attempts. Senior forward Ashley Walker had a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Freshman guard Casey Morris scored nine points in her first game in front of the Cal fans.
The Bears return all five of their starters from last season's top-25 squad. Walker and fellow senior forward Devanei Hampton have each earned preseason All-American recognition with Walker being named a first-team preseason All-American by the Sporting News and Hampton being named a third-team selection. Both players are also listed as preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and the WBCA's State Farm Wade Trophy, which honor the top women's basketball players in the country. Hampton sat out the Nov. 5 exhibition game and will most likely not see any court time on Sunday.
The Vanguard Lions are the reigning NAIA Division I national champions, The Lions have made three straight final-four appearances, knocking off No. 1 Union (Tenn.) in the semifinals to advance to the championships and onto earning the first NAIA I basketball championship for a California team. Vanguard comes into the season ranked No. 2 in the NAIA after losing two key members of the championship team to graduation. The Lions will take on Stanford in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 7, in Stanford, Calif.