USC 68

(8-5, 2-2 Pac-12)

California 73

(11-3, 3-1 Pac-12)

    5:00 PM ET, January 1, 2006

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    USC 30 3868
    CAL 29 4473

    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.

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