Cal Downs Oregon State, 71-50

Jan. 7, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker posted 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead California to a 71-50 victory over Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Golden Bears improved to 12-4 overall (4-2 Pac-10) with their third straight win in Corvallis, while the Beavers fell to 6-6 (0-4).

Freshman center Devanei Hampton recorded 21 points, and freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson added 17 points. The Bears other freshman starter, guard Jene Morris, added 10.

Oregon State trailed 10-8 with 13:52 to play before Cal went on a 21-4 run to go ahead 31-12 with 6:37 left in the first half. Gray-Lawson tallied six points and Morris and Walker added five points each during that stretch. The Beavers answered with an 11-1 spurt to close to within 32-23 with 28.6 seconds left in the first half.

Sophomore forward Krista Foster sank 1-of-2 free throws to send the Bears into the locker room up 33-23. With today's win, Cal is now 10-0 this season when leading at the half. Walker notched her third straight double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Beavers closed to within 37-28 before the Bears launched an 11-2 run, capped by four straight points from Hampton to give Cal a 48-30 edge. Kim Butler tallied four of her team-high 16 points to help bring OSU within 12 points, but Hampton scored 10 straight points for the Bears and senior forward Renee Wright added a baseline jumper to give them a 56-38 advantage with 10:31 to play in the game.

Five straight points from Gray-Lawson, including her second three-pointer of the game, and an offensive rebound and putback from Walker gave Cal its biggest lead of the game at 65-44 with under five minutes to play.

Cal shot 48.1 percent overall and 53.3 percent in the second half. Oregon State hit 36.4 percent from the floor. The Bears also held a commanding 40-24 rebounding advantage.

Karen Vickery added 14 points for the Beavers.

Cal wraps up a three-game road swing at Stanford Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. That game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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