9:00 PM ET, January 2, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Joanne Boyle questioned her team's effort, pride and focus on the most basic of fundamentals.California will have to be much better for an entire game to compete with rival Stanford later this week.Ashley Walker had 18 points and season-high 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, leading the 21st-ranked Golden Bears past Rhode Island 65-53 on Tuesday night despite being outscored over the final 20 minutes.Afterward, Boyle spent 10 minutes lecturing her players about their poor play."They outscored us in the second half. That's unacceptable," Boyle said. "There was no sense of urgency to do the little things. I felt they didn't respect tonight's game or didn't care enough about it."Devanei Hampton posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Golden Bears' 23rd straight nonconference win at home. Freshman Lauren Greif also scored 14 points with back-to-back 3-pointers late and also grabbed eight boards.Hampton, who added four assists, scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and had her 10th career double-double in Cal's seventh win in nine games. The team's losses came in overtime to UCLA and then to then-No. 10 Arizona State last Thursday.Amanda McGrew, LaQuanda Brandon and Safi Mojidi all scored 11 points for the cold-shooting Rams (2-12), who were outrebounded 44-23, held to 36 percent from the floor and limited to only five points over the final 9:25 of the first half. It was the Rams' first matchup against a ranked team this season and they completed a stretch with seven of eight games either on the road or at a neutral site.Jessica Magley's basket with 8:31 to play pulled Rhode Island within 10, 52-42, and the Rams got it to 55-49 before Greif hit consecutive 3s -- the first from well behind the line to beat the shot clock."Those hurt a little bit," Rhode Island coach Tom Garrick said. "As impressed as I am with Cal, I'm really proud of our kids for how they came out in the second half and were resilient and persevered. In the first half, they had as many offensive rebounds as we had total rebounds."For Cal (11-3), this was a final nonconference tuneup before the Bears host 12th-ranked Stanford on Saturday. The Bears have lost 13 straight games in the Bay Area rivalry since an 82-73 victory on Feb. 16, 2001, at Maples Pavilion.Walker scored seven points and Hampton six during a 16-2 first-half run that helped the Bears build a 41-21 lead at the break."We felt like we should have gone in the second half and pushed the lead 10 or 15 more," Walker said. "That's where our team needs to grow. We need to sit down and talk about the things we were doing. ... One mistake trickles into another mistake."The teams played for the first time, though Cal coach Joanne Boyle went 4-1 against the Rams during her three-year tenure at Richmond.Cal sophomore point guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in her right knee sustained at Kansas on Dec. 10. She is out for the rest of the season.
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