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California 73, USC 68

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- California freshmen Devenai Hampton and
Alexis Gray-Lawson combined for 43 points as the Golden Bears
slipped past USC 73-68 at Haas Pavilion Sunday, completing Cals
first sweep over USC and UCLA in Berkeley since 1993.

The Bears, now 11-3 (3-1 in the Pac-10), have caught fire under
new coach Joanne Boyle, and are off to their best start in the last
14 seasons.

The loss completed an 0-2 Bay Area trip for the Trojans (8-5,
2-2), and neither Southern California team managed a win against
either Cal or Stanford.

Gray-Lawson finished with 22 points and five rebounds, while the
6-3 Hampton had 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. Another
freshman, Ashley Walker, added 14 points and a career-high 16
rebounds for the Bears.

Camille LeNoir led the Trojans with 24 points and Shay Murphy
had 16. Cal controlled the game most of the way, outrebounding USC
57-44. Even though the Bears drew 29 fouls, they sputtered at the
foul line (21 of 38, for 55.3%) and allowed the Trojans to stay in
the game despite pulling away once in each half.

The Bears built a 26-18 first-half lead with 5:33 left, thanks
in great part to a pair of three-pointers from Gray-Lawson, but the
Bears went cold and USC got a late three from Brynn Cameron to take
a 30-29 lead into the locker room.

LeNoir, though, had been the big gun for the Trojans, with 14
first-half points, including three three-pointers in four attempts.
A 16-5 run that began with 14:13 to go in the game put the Bears up
10, 56-46, with 8:22 left, but Murphy had eight points during a
Trojan rally to cut the margin to two with 4:24 left.

Hampton, even though she was playing with four fouls, took over
from there, scoring six points in a 1:34 span to extend the Bears
lead back to eight, 66-58.

USC kept it interesting to the end, as Cal kept missing free
throws, but the Bears made enough to get another big win for Boyle
and her resurgent program.