No. 21 Bears Are Golden, Top No. 8 Stanford 72-57
Feb. 4, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Devanei Hampton had a big second half to finish with 22 points and 14 rebounds and No. 21 California ended a 14-game losing streak to rival Stanford, beating the eighth-ranked Cardinal for the first time in nearly six years with a 72-57 victory Sunday.
Stanford struggled on offense, relying too much on the 3-point shot, and had its 17-game winning streak snapped in its first Pac-10 defeat. It was the team's longest unbeaten run since getting 23 in a row two years ago.
'Yeah!' Hampton yelled, jumping up and down before a free throw with 14 seconds left. The real celebration followed.
Now, Cal's resurgent program can decidedly say this is a legitimate Bay Area rivalry after the Bears (18-5, 8-4 Pac-10) spent years being embarrassed by the Cardinal.
Candice Wiggins scored 17 points and Brooke Smith added 16 points but shot 0-for-4 from 3-point range, where Stanford was a dismal 6-of-35. Of the Cardinal's 64 field-goal tries, almost half were 3s - the Bears' post presence in the paint made it that tough for Stanford to establish an inside game.
Smith and Wiggins each fouled out late.
Cal shot 46 percent and pounded the ball inside in the second half to win its third straight and seventh in eight. Hampton scored 15 of her points after halftime.
The Cardinal (19-4, 11-1) lost to Cal for the first time since Feb. 16, 2001, an 82-73 Bears' win at Maples Pavilion. Stanford was held below 30 percent from the floor for the first time since shooting 29 percent on Feb. 7, 2004, in a 73-53 loss at Arizona State.
Stanford, 23-6 all-time in the series in games played on The Farm, lost freshman point guard JJ Hones just 45 seconds into the game when she sprained her left knee driving to the basket. She clutched her knee and was helped off the court by the team's trainers. Hones was to be re-evaluated later Sunday, but the injury appeared serious and she returned to the court after halftime on crutches.
The teams went about 4 1/2 minutes with neither scoring midway through the second half until Cal got back-to-back baskets by Hampton, the first score coming at the 6:50 mark.
Both schools played non-conference games last week before their second matchup of the season, with Stanford winning at Santa Barbara on Thursday and Cal beating UC Riverside at home Wednesday night.
Last month in Berkeley, Wiggins hit a season-high six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Stanford's 69-44 victory.
Cal's frontcourt players - Hampton, Walker and 6-foot-5 freshman Rama N'diaye - had a tough time getting anything going inside early but made the necessary adjustments and did a better job zipping the ball around. The Bears went hard to the basket to draw fouls.
Cal missed its first eight shots against Stanford's tough man-to-man defense before Greif's 12-footer at 16:13 got the Bears on the board. The Cardinal were also slow starting, going 3-for-13 in the opening seven minutes. They attempted 14 3-pointers in their first 23 shots.
Jillian Harmon's late 3 put Stanford ahead 31-30 at the break.
Stanford students were admitted free to Sunday's game, with the first 100 treated to a pizza party - a marketing tactic to bring fans in on Super Bowl Sunday.