BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Freshmen Devanei Hampton and Alexis
Gray-Lawson combined for 40 points, leading California to a 66-64
upset of Arizona State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 15 AP) on Thursday night.
The Bears (15-3, 6-2 Pac-10) beat a ranked team for the first
time since since Dec. 21, 1998 -- an 80-75 victory against Colorado
State. It was Cal's ninth win in a row at Haas Pavilion, and gave
the Bears a 23-22 edge in the all-time series.
Gray-Lawson finished with 23 points and four assists, and
Hampton added 17 points and 14 rebounds, her third double-double of
the season. Freshman Ashley Walker had her fifth straight
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Amy Denson led Arizona State (14-4, 5-3) with 19 points, and
Danielle Orsillo scored 14.
The Bears jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, as Hampton scored four
points and grabbed four rebounds in the first 4 minutes.
At the other end, the Sun Devils missed their first eight shots
before Denson hit a 15-footer with 15:54 left. Arizona State got
within two at 9-7, but Hampton and Gray-Lawson countered with
drives to the basket, and the Bears pulled away again.
The lead eventually grew to 25-9, but the Sun Devils began to
work the ball inside more effectively, and got within eight with
4:05 left, despite shooting just 26 percent at the time.
The Bears, though, responded with another run, as a third
freshman, Jene Morris, scored seven points in the last 4:14 to give
Cal a 36-24 lead at the break.
In the second half, Cal never let the Sun Devils closer than
seven points until a follow shot by Emily Westerberg made it 56-50.
That was part of a 11-2 Arizona State run, fueled by the absence
of Hampton, who turned her left ankle with 7:22 remaining. She
returned 2 minutes later, and the Sun Devils, plagued by missed
free throws, could never get closer than two.
Cal also struggled from the line, converting just 13 of 25 (55.3
percent), but Rene Wright and Morris each made one in the last 13
seconds for the final margin.
Cal's starters played all but 14 minutes, and scored all of the
team's points, while Arizona State got 39 points from its bench but
only 25 from the starting five.