Cal Falls to No. 15 ASU, 62-43

Feb. 18, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - California led by as many as eight points on several occasions in the first half, but No. 15 Arizona State rallied for a 62-43 victory Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The Golden Bears fell to 16-10 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 22-5 (13-4) with their 21st consecutive home victory.

Ashley Walker paced Cal with 11 points, and Alexis Gray-Lawson contributed 10. Devanei Hampton and Jene Morris each tallied eight. The game snapped Hampton's streak of 19 consecutive double-figure scoring games.

Walker scored six of her eight first-half points and Jene Morris drained a three-pointer to propel Cal to a 9-2 lead with 15:20 to play in the first half. The Bears led by as many as eight points at 12-4 and 14-6 following two free throws from Devanei Hampton with under 10 minutes left until halftime.

An inside move from Hampton gave Cal an 18-10 edge, but Kirsten Thompson posted six straight points to ignite a 18-0 Sun Devils run. Morris broke the Bears' scoring drought with a driving layup. Cal trailed 29-20 at the break.

The Sun Devils opened the second-half with a 12-3 spurt to grab a 41-23 lead with 15:49 remaining in the game. Cal picked up its defensive intensity and clawed its way to within 41-30 after a basket from Hampton at the 13:16 mark.

A three-pointer from Jill Noe helped ASU rebuild a 50-30 advantage. Hampton heaved the ball long to Gray-Lawson for a fast-break layup that closed the gap to 50-36 with under nine minutes to play, but that's as close as the Bears could get.

Kristen Kovesdy led ASU with 14 points.

Cal wraps up the regular season at home against Washington State Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and against Washington Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. The Bears will honor senior Renee Wright before the Huskies game on Saturday.

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