No. 21 Bears Bully Rhode Island, 65-53
Jan. 2, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ashley Walker had 18 points and 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, leading No. 21 California past Rhode Island 65-53 on Tuesday night.
Devanei Hampton posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Golden Bears' 23rd straight nonconference win at home. Freshman Lauren Greif also scored 14 points with back-to-back 3-pointers late and also grabbed eight boards.
Hampton, who added four assists, scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and had her 10th career double-double in Cal's seventh win in nine games. The team's losses came in overtime to UCLA and then to then-No. 10 Arizona State last Thursday.
Amanda McGrew, LaQuanda Brandon and Safi Mojidi all scored 11 points for the cold-shooting Rams (2-12), who were outrebounded 44-23, held to 36 percent from the floor and limited to only five points over the final 9:25 of the first half. It was the Rams' first matchup against a ranked team this season and they completed a stretch with seven of eight games either on the road or at a neutral site.
Jessica Magley's basket with 8:31 to play pulled Rhode Island within 10, 52-42, and the Rams got it to 55-49 before Greif hit consecutive 3s - the first from well behind the line to beat the shot clock.
For Cal (11-3), this was a final nonconference tuneup before the Bears host 12th-ranked Stanford on Saturday. Cal has lost 13 straight games in the Bay Area rivalry since an 82-73 victory on Feb. 16, 2001, at Maples Pavilion.
Walker scored seven points and Hampton six during a 16-2 first-half run that helped the Bears build a 41-21 lead at the break.
The teams played for the first time, though Cal coach Joanne Boyle went 4-1 against the Rams during her three-year tenure at Richmond.
Cal sophomore point guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in her right knee sustained at Kansas on Dec. 10. She is out for the rest of the season.