No. 3 Bears Top Washington State, 77-57
Feb. 8, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Ashley Walker scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 3 California beat Washington State 77-57 on Sunday, to extend its school record with a 12th consecutive win.
Devanei Hampton added 15 points for California (20-2, 11-0 Pac-10), which leads the Pac-10 thanks to the best start in school history. Walker, the Pac-10 scoring leader at 20 points per game, made eight of her 13 shots, and added seven assists.
Washington St. (9-13, 2-9) fell to the Bears for the ninth consecutive time. They were led by freshman April Cook's 22 points. Heather Molzen had nine points and eight rebounds.
Cal's size and strength were too much for the Cougars, who shot only 34 percent and were outrebounded 43-32. Cal has the league's best defense, allowing only an average of 53 points.
The Bears shot 53.6 percent in the game, cooling off a bit after a torrid start, including 8-for-14 3-pointers.
Cal made seven of its first nine shots to take a 16-5 lead.
Molzen hit two baskets and a 3-pointer during a 10-2 run that brought the Cougars to within 23-21 with seven minutes left in the first.
Lauren Greif's 3-pointer broke WSU's momentum, and the Bears outscored the Cougars 20-7 the rest of the way for a 43-28 halftime lead. Cal shot 63 percent in the first half, while WSU was shooting just 34 percent. Walker had 13 points in the first for Cal.
The Bears scored the first seven points of the second half for a 50-28 lead and coasted to victory.
Walker's 11 rebounds gave her 1,002 in her career, second to Colleen Galloway's team record of 1,029.