Devanei Hampton Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Jan. 2, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - California freshman center Devanei Hampton hasbeen named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Weekfor Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hampton, a native of Oakland, Calif., averaged 20.5 points, 12rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals in two games as the Bearsdefeated UCLA and USC, their first sweep of the LA schools since2000-01 and the first sweep in Berkeley since 1992-93. On the week,she shot 41.7 percent from the field (15-of-36), 50.0 percent frombeyond the arc (1-of-2) and 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the foul line.

In the 65-58 win over UCLA on Fri., Dec. 30, Hampton recorded herthird career double-double in the last nine games with 20 points anda career-high 18 rebounds. She had 10 points and 11 rebounds athalftime. The 18 rebounds were the most by a Cal player since ShavakiJackson hauled in 20 March 9, 2000, vs. Arizona State. After UCLAclosed to within 46-42 with 6:04 left in the game, Hampton answeredwith two critical jumpers to extend the Bears advantage to 50-42.

In Cal's 73-68 triumph over USC on Sun., Jan. 1, Hampton had anotherstrong outing, notching 21 points and six rebounds. USC trailed only58-56 with 4:25 left in the game before Hampton again answered withtwo straight baskets to help the Bears regain control of the game.

California (11-3 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) will play at Oregon on Thurs.,Jan. 5, followed up with a Sat., Jan. 7 game against Oregon State,televised on FSN.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Hampton and the 22ndall-time selection for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Joy Hollingsworth, ARIZ; Kristen Kovesdy, ASU;Candice Wiggins, STAN; Lisa Willis, UCLA; Camille LeNoir, USC;Breanne Watson, WASH.

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 28- LisaWillis, UCLA; Dec. 5- Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Dec. 12- Sarah Pool, CAL;Dec. 19- Carolyn Ganes, ORE; Dec. 26- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Jan. 2-Devanei Hampton, CAL.

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