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No. 3 Cal starts fast, finishes off Texas Tech at Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Ashley Walker scored 30 points to help No. 3 California rout Texas Tech on Friday night at the Paradise Jam tournament.

Cal (5-0) has won its first five games for only the second time in school history.

Texas Tech cut a 38-29 halftime deficit to four as the Lady Raiders held Cal scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the second half. Devanei Hampton ended the drought, hitting the sixth 3-pointer of her career to restore the cushion. Her basket started a run that restored the lead to 13 on Walker's 3-pointer.

Cal coach Joanne Boyle was surprised that Hampton and Walker would shoot from behind the arc.

"It's not the shot that I think we should always take, but if it gives us a little boost of confidence, we'll take it," she said.

Hampton was playing in her second game since coming back from a right knee injury that forced her to miss the first four games of the season.

"I'm really trying to find my rhythm right now," she said." It's just like last year. I don't want to go out there and do too much because I haven't been in the flow yet. Right now, I'm just trying to get my feet under me, get back in the groove, get back in the rotation, so I can be that player that I know my team needs me to be throughout the year."

Hampton scored five points on 1-for-7 shooting.

The Bears extended the advantage to 16 when Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry was ejected after arguing with the officials. It was a ragged game with 54 free throws.

"They couldn't get into a rhythm, but when the game is called like that, we just have to find a way to play through it," Boyle said.

Dominic Seals led the Lady Raiders (4-2) with 10 points.

"I thought our team really competed and played extremely hard," Curry said. "We made some mental mistakes against a top five team you can't have. We are better for having played them and can take a lot of positives away from tonight."

Walker has scored 30 points in a game three times in her career. The Bears will play Iowa in the tournament finale on Saturday.