Ashley Walker Becomes Cal's All-Time Career Rebound Leader in victory over OSU

Feb. 21, 2009

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -Ashley Walker had 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to become California's career leader, helping the sixth-ranked Golden Bears to a 62-40 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.

Walker's 1,030 rebounds moved her past Colleen Galloway, who had 1,029 from 1978-81. The Pac-10's leading scorer also went 8-for-13 from the field and needs only 23 points to become the second Cal player to have 2,000 for her career.

Devanei Hampton and Alexis Gray-Lawson added 11 points apiece for the Bears (22-3, 13-1 Pac-10), who have won 14 of 15 and remain tied with Stanford atop the Pac-10 standings.

Brittney Davis scored 16 points for Oregon State (15-10, 6-9), which was swept by Cal for the third straight year. The Beavers lost to Cal 77-72 on Jan. 22.

Walker scored 12 points in the first half then spent the second half chasing down the Bears' rebounding record. She got it with 5:37 remaining on a miss by Oregon State's Kirsten Tilleman.

When Cal coach Joanne Boyle called a timeout shortly after, an announcement of Walker's achievement was made and the crowd at Haas Pavilion gave the Bears' senior leader a standing ovation. She walked to the bench and waved to the crowd then sat out the final five minutes.

Cal made nine of its first 10 shots and went on a 16-0 run early in the first half to take control, getting six points from Walker while Greif and Gray-Lawson each added 3-pointers. Walker, who powered her way inside for 20 points in the Bears' 84-42 win over Oregon on Thursday, again did most of her damage in the paint while outrebounding the Beavers by herself through the first 13 minutes of the game.

Oregon State struggled offensively. The Beavers went more than seven minutes without a basket in the first half, fell behind by as much as 30 and failed to get anything going against Cal's defense.

The Bears went into the game allowing a conference-low 50.3 points a game, the 12th best mark in the country among Division I teams. Cal did nothing to hurt that standing against Oregon State, holding the Beavers to 15 first-half points, their second-lowest half of the season. They had just 14 first-half points against Arizona State on Feb. 14.

The Bears improved to 19-0 when holding teams under 55 points.

Davis, who went into the night averaging 17.3 points over her previous nine games, did her part for Oregon State but got little help from her teammates. Leading-scorer Talisa Rhea missed her first eight shots and didn't score until 3:41 remained in the game. She finished 1-for-10 from the floor and had two points.

The game was so lopsided that with 16 minutes left in the second half, Walker had 16 points while the entire Oregon State team had 19.

Walker's night moved her into 13th place on the Pac-10's career scoring chart as well.

In the two games since losing to Stanford and dropping three spots in the AP poll, Cal has outsored its opponents 146-82 and forced 33 turnovers.

Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year, went 5-for-6 from the floor and had six rebounds.

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