BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Freshmen Ashley Walker and Jene Morris
each had 19 points as California defeated Washington in its final
regular season game 81-58 on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (18-10, 10-8 Pac-10) still hope to earn an
at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with a strong showing in the
conference tournament next week. The Bears, seeded sixth, will play
either USC or UCLA in the first round, depending on the outcome of
the USC-Oregon State game.
Washington (18-9, 11-7) will play UCLA if USC wins against
Saturday's win for California was keyed by a strong first half,
in which the Golden Bears forced six turnovers on Washington's
first eight possessions. The Huskies turned the ball over 10 times
before California committed its first turnover with 11:47 remaining
in the first half.
On offense, Walker carried the Golden Bears, scoring 16 points
on 8-10 shooting before the break. California scored 22 points in
the paint in the first half and led 36-27 at halftime.
California broke the game open with a balanced scoring attack
led by guards Morris and freshman Alexis Gray-Lawson. The Huskies
cut the lead to five with 7:19 to play, but California went on an
18-2 run over the next four minutes to make it 72-51 with 3:18
remaining. Morris scored nine points -- seven in a row -- during that
Lawson scored 10 second-half points and finished with 17. The
other freshman starter, center Devanei Hampton, finished with 16
points and a game-high eight rebounds.
California shot 56 percent from the floor while the Huskies
finished at 33 percent.