No. 9/9 Bears Blast Wildcats, 66-45

Feb. 16, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ashley Walker scored 24 points and No. 9 California won its 16th straight home game with a 66-45 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

Walker had 12 points during a 21-6 run over the final 7:30 of the first half as the Bears overcame an early seven-point deficit to win their sixth straight game. They remained in first place in the Pac-10, one-game ahead of No. 6 Stanford. The two rivals will meet next weekend at Haas Pavilion.

Devanei Hampton had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Natasha Vital had a career-high 12 assists for Cal.

Hampton recorded her third straight double-double, sixth of the season and 23rd of her career as Cal moved within one victory of a school-record 24 wins set in 1983-84.

Amina Njonkou and Rheya Neabors had 10 points apiece for Arizona, which lost for the 12th time in 15 starts.

Hampton gave Cal its first lead 15-14 with 6:42 left in the half with a turnaround jumper. Walker then took over with a variety of interior spin moves and an assortment of shots.

She finished the half with four straight baskets, the last on a driving lay-up with 30.4 seconds left to give her team a 32-20 halftime edge.

Walker made 12 of 16 shots and added nine rebounds.

The victory completed a series sweep over both Arizona and Arizona State, a first for the Cal program.

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