No. 2-Seeded Cal Faces No. 1-Seeded Stanford in Pac-10 Tournament Championship Game
March 10, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Monday, March 10No. 2-Seed Cal (26-5) vs. No. 1-Seed Stanford (29-3)HP Pavilion, San Jose7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports NetRadio: 90.7 FM
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
In the midst of the best season in school history, No. 10/9 California faces No. 6/7 Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The second-seeded Golden Bears take a 26-5 overall record into their first Pac-10 Tournament title game, while the Cardinal is 29-3 in Battle of the Bay Part 3.
Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the HP Pavilion box office.
Cal, which has surpassed the 1983-84 Bears' previous school record (24-8) for wins in a season, advanced to the final by beating No. 7-seeded Oregon, 67-60, in the quarterfinals and No. 3-seeded Arizona State, 65-61, in the semifinals. Stanford won the first two meetings of the year over Cal, 72-52, at Maples Pavilion and 60-58 at Haas Pavilion. The game at Haas was played in front of a Pac-10 women's basketball record crowd (10,525).
Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton, a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, has led or tied for team-high scoring honors in all five of Cal's Pac-10 Tournament games in her career. Against the Sun Devils, she posted 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Hampton averages 19.6 ppg during Pac-10 Tournament play.
Junior Ashley Walker, a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 honoree, recorded her Pac-10-leading 13th double-double against ASU, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Together, Hampton and Walker accounted for 26 of Cal's 44 rebounds vs. the Sun Devils, which had 34 boards. Walker leads Cal in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rp) and looks to become the sixth Cal player to eclipse the 800 career-rebound plateau (at 796).
Cal tops the Pac-10 and ranks among the nation's bests in rebounding margin at +8.4 rpg. Cal is 24-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
The Bears, which have been ranked in the top 10 in the national polls for 10 straight weeks, have relied on their defense this season. They are first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.0 ppg) and are challenging ASU's conference record of 54.7 ppg, set in 2004-05.
Sophomore point guard Natasha Vital is also having an outstanding Pac-10 Tournament. Vital flirted with a triple double against Oregon (14 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds) and one-day later had 14 points vs. Arizona State and tied her career high of three three-pointers.
Vital, junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, sophomore guard Lauren Greif and freshman forward/guard Kelsey Adrian have helped Cal set a new school record for three-pointers in a season with 141, surpassing the 1995-96 team (135). Gray-Lawson has converted a career-high 53 three-pointers, while Greif has 32, Vital 30 and Adrian 24.
Sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye (6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) provides a spark as the first post substitution.
***A complete release will be posted late Monday morning.***
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