Cal Hosts UC Davis, Travels to Caribbean Classic to Face Marshall, No. 5 Baylor

Nov. 21, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - *** Complete release to come later today. ***


Coming off a 73-50 victory over Radford, California (2-1) begins a busy week at home against UC Davis (0-1) Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The game can be seen live on Comcast Sports Net with play-by-play by Todd McKim and Mary Murphy handling color commentary.

After facing the Aggies, the Golden Bears leave early Wednesday morning for Riviera Maya, Mexico for the Caribbean Classic. Cal faces Marshall (2-0) on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) at 5 p.m. PT and No. 5 Baylor (3-0), the defending national champion, Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. PT. The tournament was originally scheduled for Cancun but was moved 50 miles south due to damage caused by Hurricane Wilma.

Cal has won its two games by an average of 21 points, while losing by nine points (55-46) to New Mexico in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. The Bears' opponents are averaging only 50.0 ppg and haven't cracked the 60-point barrier yet.

In the win over Radford, freshman guard Jené Morris established herself as a huge defensive presence, recording nine steals - one off the school record - off the bench.

Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker (Modesto, Calif.) leads Cal in scoring at 16.7 ppg, and freshman forward/center Devanei Hampton (Oakland, Calif.) is second at 13.0 ppg as a reserve in her first two games. Walker led the Bears in scoring for the third straight game with a career-high 19 points against the Highlanders.

Reneé Wright (Antelope, Calif.), who is the only senior on this year's team, paces the Bears in rebounding at 9.3 rpg.

Junior point guard Sarah Pool (Central Point, Ore.), the team's only active returning starter from last season, led the club in assists in 2004-05 at 4.2 apg and has upped her average to 5.3 apg this year.

Sophomore forward Krista Foster (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (Oakland, Calif.) have jointed Walker, Wright and Pool in the starting lineup each game this season.

Cal is under the direction of first-year head coach Joanne Boyle, who directed Richmond (2002-05) to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons and three postseason appearances, before accepting the job in Berkeley.

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