BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Freshman Devanei Hampton scored 20
points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as Cal beat UCLA 65-58
and scored its first home win over the Bruins since 2001 on Friday
The Bears (10-3, 2-1) never trailed, and held the Bruins to
their lowest point total of the year as Nikki Blue, UCLA's
all-American guard, had her second subpar game in a row. After
scoring just four points in a 79-64 win over Oregon State Dec. 22,
Blue missed her first 12 shots against Cal and didn't get her first
points until 4:36 remained in the game. She finished with just
Lisa Willis topped UCLA (7-5, 2-1) with 17 and Noelle Quinn
Freshman Alexis Gray-Lawson had 17 points, seven rebounds and
four assists for Cal.
Cal, the Pac-10's best defensive team, set the tone early by
holding UCLA scoreless for the first 4:47, and the Bruins went on
to make just one of their first nine shots. The Bears built an 11-2
lead with 12:26 remaining and led by nine with 7:53 left, but they
too struggled with their shooting.
UCLA got the lead down to five with 2:03 remaining in the half,
but Cal went on a 12-4 run and stretched the lead to 33-20 with
17:04 left in the game.
The Bears remained in control until UCLA answered with an 8-0
run midway through the half to get within four. But Rene Wright and
Hampton then came up with key offensive plays for Cal, and the
Bruins got no closer.