Lady Devils Swept by Cal

The Arizona State Sun Devils knew they had their hands full with Cal's inside duo of Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker. The Devils were confident that they had an antidote to control the dynamic duo. But their believes were not realized as the two combined for 36 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Cal Bears to a 70-60 victory over the Devils in front of 1,743 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

"Obviously, you get your rebound, you win the game. It's rebounding. It was both ends of the court. It wasn't just giving up second shots but not getting shots. We weren't able to get second shots at all for most of the game. We got a few at the end, after the fact. It was on both ends of the floor that we didn't expend the energy and effort to rebound the basketball," said ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne.

Cal out rebounded the Devils 42-29 and scored 24 second chance points en route to their first sweep of ASU since 1998-99.

"Again, I think it was related to our lack of patience in the second half. I think we were giving it to them early in the offense when they were pushed out, and we had to work the ball and get in a little bit better position. A lot of our success in the first half was offensive rebounding," said Turner Thorne.

The Devils led early by eight, but then Cal decided to go inside. Hampton's play inside sparked an 8-0 Cal's run late in the first half. The Devils tied it at 27, but Cal's Natasha Vital hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the half to give the Bears a 30-27 lead at the break.

Cal began to pull away at the beginning of the second half, but Arizona State kept fighting back. Back-to-back steals and lay-ups by Briann January mid-way through the second half cut the Bears lead to 42-41. Ashley Walker then scored 5 of her 15 points to spark an 11-0 Cal run to break the game open at 53-41. The Bears scored six of their points during the run off of offensive rebounds.

"She's (Walker) always problematic on the boards. I don't think it matters who it is when you don't put a body on them. She rebounds every shot. She's a great rebounder. She's not just a good rebounder; she's a great rebounder. She's someone that I have my posts look at on film. She obviously had a good night against us," said Turner Thorne.

"I thought it was a great game, a very hard fought battle on both ends as we knew it would be. We were fortunate to come out on top. I thought we did a great job attacking and getting on the glass, and obviously out rebounding them by 13 really helped our cause," said Cal Head Coach Joanne Boyle.

"We gave them one shot. Dev (Hampton) was all over (the glass). Dev had 12; Ash (Walker) had 11. Giving them one shot. I thought their transitions hurt us, when we turned the ball over. That's what they do well and probably best is get in transition. I thought we did a poor job of that. But I thought limiting them to one shot was really huge for us."

Jill Noe led the way for the Devils with 16 points; January added 12 and Sybil Dosty had 10 points and 11 rebounds. After a strong bench performance against Arizona, ASU managed just four bench points. ASU shot 40% from the field, and a measly 23.5% from beyond the arc, well below Turner Thorne's 45% goal.

It doesn't get any easier for the Devils as they face a quick turnaround. They will head to Palo Alto to take on the #6 Stanford Cardinal at 2 PM Saturday. It'll be Senior Day for Stanford, who defeated Arizona 69-46 Thursday night. The game can be seen on FSN.

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