8:30 PM ET, November 27, 2008
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Natasha Vital scored a career-high 22 points and Devanei Hampton played for the first time this season to help No. 3 California rout South Florida 85-55 on Thursday night at the Paradise Jam tournament."Natasha Vital played with a great deal of confidence tonight," California coach Joanne Boyle said. "She was shooting the ball really well, and other players were setting her up very well, giving her some great looks."Vital finished 7-for-8 from the field, including hitting five 3-pointers."Natasha is a gym rat. She is always in the gym, shooting the ball, and that work is paying off," Boyle added.Hampton was sidelined for the first three games while recovering from a right knee injury. She had nine points and six rebounds in 10 minutes for the Bears (4-0).Jazmine Sepulveda scored 11 points to lead the Bulls (4-1), who averaged 98.5 points in their first four games but couldn't get much going against Cal.The Bears used a 21-4 run in the first half to take control. They held the Bulls without a field goal for more than 6 minutes before the break and South Florida shot just 28.6 percent (20-for-70) for the game."We really pushed the ball and executed well in transition," Boyle said. "I think everyone just did a good job of doing their job and not trying to do too much. This was a total team effort."Lauren Greif added 15 points for California, which plays Texas Tech on Friday night. South Florida will face Iowa.