Hampton, Walker Earn 1st-Team All-Pac-10
March 6, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal junior posts Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker have been selected to the five-member first-team All-Pac-10 team, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday. Bears junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson has been named second-team All-Pac-10, and sophomore guard Natasha Vital has received honorable mention all-conference accolades.
Walker also has earned a spot on the five-member inaugural Pac-10 All-Defensive team, and Vital has garnered honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive recognition. Additionally, forward/guard Kelsey Adrian has received honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman.
Hampton is the only three-time first-team All-Pac-10 women's basketball selection in school history. The 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year averages 13.7 ppg and 7.9 rpg after missing nine games earlier in the season following knee surgery. In Pac-10 contests, Hampton is fourth in the conference in scoring (14.3 ppg) and tied for second in rebounding (8.4 rpg). Hampton, who hails from Oakland, Calif., has recorded seven double-doubles this season, including five in the last eight games. She is ninth all-time in school history in scoring with 1,236 points.
Walker earned her second first-team All-Pac-10 honor after dominating the paint all season. She is one of only four Cal players to achieve two first-team All-Pac-10 honors. The Modesto, Calif., product ranks in the top five in the Pac-10 in seven statistical categories, including first in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.10 rpg), second in scoring (15.6 ppg) and blocks (1.52 bpg), third in defensive rebounds (5.38 rpg) and fifth in field goal percentage (50.9%) and free throw percentage (77.1%). Walker also tops the conference for the second straight year in double-doubles with 12, bringing her career total to 32. She is seventh all-time in school history in points (1,403).
Until this season, the Pac-10 had a 10-member first team. If the honoring system hadn't changed, Gray-Lawson would be on the first team, but instead she has gained a spot as a second-team All-Pac-10 member. The native of Oakland, Calif., earned the award after returning from a season-ending ACL injury in 2006-07. Gray-Lawson was named the 2005-06 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. This season, she is third on the team in scoring at 11.9 ppg, leads Cal with 39 steals and ranks third in the conference in three-point percentage (40.6%). Her 52 three-pointers this year are a career high.
Vital has emerged as one of the top point guards in the conference over the last two seasons. The product of Stockton, Calif., is fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.07 apg) and fourth in assists in conference games (4.39 apg). Vital dished off a career-high 12 assists against Arizona Feb. 16. Vital has 246 career assists in under two seasons and is only 46 assists away from cracking the top 10 list in school history. She averages career bests of 7.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg, while ranking third in the Pac-10 in minutes played per game (34.69). In conference games, she is third in three-point field goal percentage (38.0%).
Adrian, who hails from Langley, British Columbia, has had an immediate impact for the Bears as a rookie. She averages 4.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 19.2 mpg off of the bench. The Canadian national team player also ranks fourth on the team in three-pointers made (21). Adrian has posted double-figure points in five games in 2007-08, including a season-high 14 points in a win over Loyola Marymount.
Cal concluded its best regular season in school history with a 24-5 record, matching the 1983-84 Bears for the program record for wins in a season. The Bears have a chance to break the school record for wins at the Pac-10 Tournament this weekend. Cal, which has the No. 2 seed after placing second in the Pac-10 at 15-3, faces either No. 7-seeded Oregon or No. 10-seeded Washington State in the quarterfinals Saturday, March 8, at 1:15 p.m.