No. 13/9 Cal Tops Huskies
Jan. 11, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ashley Walker scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds and No. 13 California won its fifth straight game with a 62-34 victory over Washington on Sunday.
Walker, the Pac-10 leading scorer who moved up to second place on the Cal career scoring list during Thursday's 68-45 win over Washington State, shot 6-for-10 and gave everybody a scare when she took a hard fall going for an offensive rebound early in the second half. She left the game briefly but quickly returned.
Devanei Hampton added 10 points and eight rebounds and Lauren Greif grabbed eight boards for the Golden Bears (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10), who were far from sharp in shooting just 41 percent and committing 21 turnovers.
Liz Lay scored 11 points to lead Washington (5-8, 1-2), which had to be happy to leave the Bay Area after a tough weekend that also included a record 77-point loss at No. 11 Stanford on Thursday night. The Huskies combined for 69 points in their two losses.
The Huskies committed 18 turnovers, were out-rebounded 45-26 and fell behind big in a hurry and couldn't recover. Washington went 7:30 between its first and second field goals in the opening half and trailed 32-9 at the break. They shot 3-for-24 and went 0-of-12 from 3-point range.
After a loss to the Cardinal this week, Huskies coach Tia Jackson went with a completely new starting lineup. It featured four freshmen making their first career starts and a sophomore.
Washington's Charming Barlow and Alexis Gray-Lawson hit heads in a collision at the 16:46 of the first half and both left the game with cuts and went to the locker room to be examined.
Washington, 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, committed five of its turnovers in the first 3:46 and began the game 2-for-13. The Huskies went from the 7:13 mark of the first half to 18:29 in the second between field goals.