Cal Makes Sweet 16 For First Time In History

March 23, 2009

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -A couple of seniors teamed up to take California where it's never been before.

Ashley Walker scored 20 of her career-high-tying 32 points in the first half, and Cal used its strong inside game to rout Virginia 99-73 Monday night, sending the Golden Bears to the NCAA tournament's final 16 for the first time in school history.

Devanei Hampton had 22 points and 11 rebounds and junior Alexis Gray-Lawson added 22 points for the fourth-seeded Bears (27-6), who advanced to the Trenton Regional semifinals Sunday in New Jersey. They'll play the winner of Tuesday's game between Connecticut and Florida.

Monica Wright scored 26 points for fifth-seeded Virginia (24-10), seeking its first trip to the regional semifinals since 2000.

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