Hampton Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Jan. 7, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior forward/center Devanei Hampton has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan. 6, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hampton, a native of Oakland, Calif., averaged 18.5 points and 10.5rebounds in leading the Golden Bears to their first road sweep of USCand UCLA since the 2000-01 season.

Hampton, who returned to the California lineup Friday against USChaving missed nine games this season, as she battled a knee injury,led the Bears with season highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds for herfirst double-double of the year and the 18th of her career. Sheregistered eight straight points in the second half to give the Bearsa lead they would never relinquish in the 57-52 triumph over theWomen of Troy.

In California's tight 73-70 victory over UCLA, Hampton posted 16points and eight rebounds as well as a key steal late in the gamethat would seal the win for the Bears. Hampton stole the ball andhanded it to Natasha Vital who would drain two free throws to cap theBears' fourth Pac-10 victory.

California (13-2, 4-0) is tied for first place in the Pac-10 andreturns home this week to host Oregon, Thurs., Jan. 10, and OregonState, Sat., Jan. 12.

The Player of the Week honor is the fourth of Hampton's career, joining Ashley Walker and Jennifer Bennett as the only Cal players to ever earn the award four times. It is the second of the year and 29th all-time selection for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Lauren Lacey, ASU; Taylor Lilley, ORE; Ashley Allen,OSU; Darxia Morris, UCLA; Camille LeNoir, USC; Jess McCormack, WASH;Katie Appleton, WSU.

2007-08 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 19- JayneAppel, STAN; Nov. 26- Nadia Parker, USC, Dec. 3- Ashley Walker, CAL;Dec. 10- Kirsten Thompson, ASU; Dec. 17- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec.24- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec. 31- Sybil Dosty, ASU; Jan. 6- DevaneiHampton, CAL.

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