No. 12 Cal Tops UW in Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals
March 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashley Walker had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 12 California beat Washington 61-41 in a quarterfinal game of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday afternoon.
Walker and Hampton sat for most of the second half as Cal coach Joanne Boyle turned the game over to her bench. The two post players combined for 20 points in the first and scored at will against Washington, which lost in a quarterfinal for the fourth year in a row.
Laura McLellan led the Huskies (8-22) with 10 points and Liz Lay added 6.
Sami Whitcomb, Washington's leading scorer with 12.8 points, was held scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting.
The Bears (25-5) had their biggest lead of the game with 5:55 remaining when freshman Casey Morris hit a 3-pointer to make it 55-26.
Devanei Hampton scored nine points and Natasha Vital added seven for the Bears, who will face USC in a semifinal on Saturday.
Cal has defeated the Trojans twice this season, both times by two points.
Washington had trouble finding answers for Cal's big post players from the start and tried changing things defensively because of the matchup problem.
Hampton is 6-foot-3 and Walker is 6-foot-1.
Cal outrebounded Washington 37-20 and had 30 points in the paint, to 18 for Washington.
The Huskies brought in freshman Mollie Williams (6-foot-3) and McLellan (6-foot-2) to put pressure on the Bears but Cal kept scoring. The Bears put together two big runs to lead 31-17 at halftime, including a 12-3 run midway through the first.
Hampton, who had six during that span, started off the run with a jumper at the 15:39 mark. Walker hit a jumper from the top of the key to make it 26-10.
Scoring was also an issue for Washington, which didn't penetrate the lanes much. The Huskies went 5-for-17 in the first and their starters only mustered four points.
Starters Whitcomb, Mackenzie Argens, Heidi McNeill, Kristi Kingma and Christina Rozier totaled 17 points. The Huskies shot 33 percent for the game.