Lady Cougars Can't Hold On, Fall To No. 9 California
Feb. 29, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Devanei Hampton scored 16 points and Ashley Walker added 15, helping No. 9 California tie the school record for victories in a season with a 61-47 win over Washington State on Friday night.
California (24-4, 15-2 Pac-10) was coming off a loss to No. 7 Stanford that dropped them into a tie for the Pac-10 lead with the Cardinal. The 1983-84 team that went 24-8 had the most wins in Cal history.
Heather Molzen scored 14 points to lead Washington State (5-23, 2-15).
After losing by 55 points in the first meeting at California, the Cougars were much more competitive this time. They hung around for much of the game, trailing just 48-41 with 8 minutes left, despite big disadvantages in shooting and rebounding.
The Bears won the rebound battle 31-23 and shot 52 percent to Washington State's 40 percent.
The Cougars are 2-3 in their past five games, after opening the Pac-10 season with 12 straight losses, including that 99-44 loss at Cal.
Washington State had cut Cal's lead to 29-23 early in the second half when the Bears went on a 13-2 run to open a 42-25 advantage. Lauren Greif capped the run with a pair of 3-pointers for the Bears.
Washington State replied with a 16-6 run, eight points by Katie Appleton, to cut the deficit to seven at 48-41 with 8 minutes left.
But Alexis Gray-Lawson hit a 3-pointer for Cal to open a 13-6 run that iced the game. She finished with 12 points.
In the first, Cal jumped to a 17-9 lead, but consecutive baskets by WSU's Kezia Kelly cut the lead to 17-13. Cal rebuilt a 23-13 lead on three straight baskets. But the Cougars scored six straight points to cut it to 23-19 late in the first.
Baskets by Krista Foster and Rama N'diaye gave Cal a 27-19 halftime lead. The Bears shot 46 percent in the first, while WSU shot only 33 percent.