BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ashley Walker and Alexis Gray-Lawson
each had 15 points as California outlasted Washington State 61-51
Devanei Hampton added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bears
(17-10, 9-8), who still harbor hopes of a bid to the NCAA
Kate Benz topped Washington State (8-18, 2-15) with 15 points
and 11 rebounds, and Keisha Moore had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Cougars were outshot at the free-throw line 39-11 and also
struggled with Cal's pressure, finishing with 26 turnovers.
The tone for the game was set early, as the Cougars lost the
ball in five of their first seven possessions, quickly falling
Cal extended the lead to 22-7, and though Washington State
battled back, the Bears still were up 29-19 at the break. The
Cougars' 17 first-half turnovers led to 20 of those 29 points.
Cal held on to that lead through the second half until a 12-3
Washington State run -- capped by Katie Appleton's second 3-pointer
in 33 seconds -- tied the game at 39.
Then Hampton took over, either scoring or assisting on 10 of 12
Cal points over the next 5:38, and the Bears steadily pulled away.
The 39 free-throw attempts were the most by the Bears this
season, and tied a Haas Pavilion record set in 2001 against UCLA.