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
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
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
"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
"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
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