No. 20 Bears Bury Cougars, 72-45
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Release:  02/10/2007

Feb. 10, 2007

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BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore posts Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker combined for 51 points and 23 rebounds to propel No. 20 California to a 72-45 victory over Washington State Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 19-6 overall and are tied with USC for third place in the Pac-10 at 9-5. The Cougars dropped to 5-20 (1-14) with their 14th straight setback.

Cal surpassed last season's 18 wins (18-12) by holding WSU to a Bears' opponent season low for points.

Hampton led Cal with 26 points - one off of her career high - and added 10 rebounds to earn her sixth double-double of the season and third straight. Walker poured in 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to record her ninth double-double of the season. It marked the second time this season the All-America candidates have registered double-doubles in the same game.

Junior forward Krista Foster turned in a strong performance off the Bears' bench, tallying 10 points and five rebounds.

Cal jumped out to an 11-4 lead over WSU less than six minutes into the game on the strength of seven points from Hampton. Katie Appleton sank a three-pointer to bring her team within four points.

The Bears then proceeded to go on a 10-3 run behind eight points from Walker to give them a 21-10 advantage with 10:03 to play in the first half. The Cougars were able to hang with the Bears in the first half by converting four of their six three-pointers. Amanda DuRocher hit a three-pointer and Sabrina Shired converted 1-of-2 free throws to help WSU close to within six points at 25-19, which was as close at the Cougars would get for the remainder of the contest.

Cal reclaimed an 11-point edge on three occasions before Hampton pushed her team's margin to 36-23 with 2:46 to go in the half on a nifty baseline spin move that freed her from Shired.

After Cal led 37-25 at halftime, Hampton made two baskets and Walker scored on a layup and made two free throws to help the Bears grab a 45-25 lead with 15:38 remaining in the game.

Foster extended Cal's advantage to 52-30 with a three-pointer at the 12:29 mark, and the Bears led by at least 20 points for the remainder of the contest. A free throw by Foster with 2:28 remaining in the game pushed Cal's lead to its biggest at 27 points, and a free throw by freshman guard Natalie Nurnberg with 15 ticks to play assured the Bears the 27-point win and their fifth straight win over the Cougars.

After shooting a season-low 46.2 percent (12-26) from the foul line against Washington Feb. 8, Cal made 73.5 percent (25-34) of its opportunities tonight, highlighted by a 9-of-10 effort from Walker. Cal shot 45.1 percent from the floor and held WSU to 28.1 percent.

Colleen Betteridge led the Cougars with 11 points.

Cal begins its final Pac-10 road trip at Oregon Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.