Hampton Returns

Senior posts Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton have been working on the high-low lob for just over four years. And on Thursday, the All-American combination got their first chance in the 2008-09 season to show it off.

On three consecutive possessions midway through the second half of No. 3 Cal's game against South Florida on Thursday, Walker found the Hampton, who made her first appearance of the season coming off a knee injury, for a pair of scores.

"It was nice to see (Hampton and Walker) be able to get the high-low, I think there's some confidence in that," Bears coach Joanne Boyle said. "When they're in a rhythm and Dev gets a couple more games under her belt, I think we're going to have a really good rotation with our guards and our posts."

Hampton didn't waste any time getting on the board, as she finished with nine points and six rebounds in limited action in Cal's 85-55 win on day one of the Paradise Jam.

Within two minutes after making her first on-court appearance, the Oakland native had already recorded three rebounds and had knocked down a 15-foot jumper on her first shot attempt of the year.

As the game progressed though, Hampton's stamina came into play.

On back-to-back occasions in the second half, the 6-foot-4 center failed to make it down court by the time the Bulls offense had put up a shot, forcing the Bears defense into mismatch scenarios.

"We knew she was going to be rusty. For us, it was getting her 10 minutes to let her work out the kinks and rusty play," Boyle said. "It's just her timing. She's just got to get some of those game minutes and hopefully we can get 10 minutes a game down here for her to be able to do that."

Turns out, Boyle has a pretty good grasp on how much activity her center is capable of at this point—Hampton played exactly 10 minutes against USF—but don't be surprised if Hampton puts in a little more work against Texas Tech Friday.

The Red Raiders have four players averaging in double-figures in points, and three of them are in the post.

Dominic Seals, Jordan Barncastle and Kierra Mallard are all listed at 6-foot-2 or taller, and with the team shooting just 28-percent from three-point range, Texas Tech will likely utilize its size advantage over a Hampton-less Cal when the opportunity presents itself.

Tipoff for the Friday nightcap is at 9:30 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. PT.


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