California SO F/C Devanei Hampton Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

Jan. 15, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hampton, a native of Oakland, Calif., averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games as the Golden Bears defeated Washington State and Washington, marking the first-ever road sweep of the two schools and the first time since the 2000-01 season that Cal swept a Pac-10 road trip. On the week, she shot 69.6 percent from the field (16-of-23), 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the foul line, while hitting her first three-pointer of the season against the Huskies.

In the nationally-televised 72-49 win over Washington, Hampton tallied game highs of 25 points (two shy of matching her career high) and eight rebounds, while shooting 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the floor.

In Thursday's 55-48 defensive battle with Washington State, Hampton posted her second double-double of the season, registering 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. She recorded eight of Cal's first 10 points to give the Bears a 10-8 lead over the Cougars with under nine minutes to play in the first half.

California (13-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-10) is tied for its third-best start in school history through 17 games and is off to its best start since the 1992-93 team opened at 13-4. The Bears will next face Oregon State on Thurs., Jan. 18 and Oregon on Sat., Jan. 20.

The Player of the Week honor is the second for Hampton and the 25th all-time selection for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Emily Westerberg, ASU; Taylor Lilley, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Brooke Smith, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Chloé Kerr, USC; Marisa Stotler, WSU.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloé Kerr, USC; Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18-Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 7- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL.

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