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Walker helps Cal to seventh consecutive win

BERKELEY -- A trip to the Bay Area used to be a mixed blessing for Pac-10 women's basketball teams -- a struggle at perennial power Stanford coupled with a less-challenging contest at Cal.

Now, the whole weekend is tough. Just ask Oregon State.

Devanei Hampton had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 9 Cal held the Beavers to 26 percent shooting in a 61-45 win Saturday to give the Bears their first seven-game winning streak in 16 years.

Davis High graduate Ashley Walker had 17 points to lead the Bears (15-2, 6-0 Pac-10), and Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 14.

Cal is 6-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time, but now will be heading into a much more challenging stretch that includes games Thursday at Arizona State and Jan. 26 at Stanford. Games against Stanford traditionally have been for local bragging rights, but this season also could be a battle of top-10 teams.

"We have higher expectations for ourselves," Walker said. "Mentally you have to think about what you have to do for every game. We're ranked the No. 9 team in the country, so we have to play like that every game."

No. 7 STANFORD 83, OREGON 49, at Stanford -- Candice Wiggins scored 20 points to help the Cardinal (14-3, 4-2 Pac-10) earn its sixth consecutive win over the Ducks (8-8, 2-3). Stanford has won 12 in a row at Maples Pavilion.

No. 1 CONNECTICUT 92, LOUISVILLE 71, at Louisville, Ky. -- Maya Moore led five Huskies 15-0, 3-0 Big East) in double figures with 23 points in a win over the Cardinals (11-5, 0-3).

No. 25 OKLAHOMA STATE 82, NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 63, at Stillwater, Okla. -- Andrea Riley scored a career-high 45 points, and the Cowgirls (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) took down the Sooners (10-3, 1-1), who got a 74th consecutive double-double from former Modesto Christian High player Courtney Paris (15 points, 19 rebounds).

PACIFIC 79, CSU NORTHRIDGE 73, at Stockton -- Forward Janae Young had 16 points to help the Tigers (6-10, 1-2 Big West) knock off the Matadors (0-14, 0-4). Northridge's Whitney Ligon had the first 40-point game in the Big West since 1998.

Pac-10 Men

No. 5 UCLA 81, No. 4 WASHINGTON STATE 74, at Los Angeles -- Freshman Kevin Love (27 points, 14 rebounds) recorded his eighth double-double as the Bruins (16-1, 4-0) handed the Cougars (14-1, 2-1) their first loss.

CAL 69, OREGON STATE 59, at Corvallis, Ore. -- Ryan Anderson (17 points, 17 rebounds) and the Bears (11-4, 2-2) ended a two-game losing streak by defeating the Beavers (6-10, 0-4). Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher added 11 points for Cal, which is 11-1 against Oregon State in Corvallis under Braun.

USC 66, WASHINGTON 51, at Los Angeles -- Freshman O.J. Mayo had all but one of his 15 after halftime to help the Trojans (10-6, 1-3) break open a tight game to beat the Huskies (9-7, 0-3).

ARIZONA 85, HOUSTON 71, at Houston -- Freshman point guard Jerryd Bayless scored a career-high 33 and made a school-record 18 free throws in the Pac-10 Wildcats' (11-5) nonconference win over the Cougars (11-3) of Conference USA.

West Men

CSU NORTHRIDGE 78, PACIFIC 61, at Los Angeles -- Deon Tresvant scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead the Matadors (12-3, 4-0 Big West) past the Tigers (11-5, 2-1). Pacific got 21 points from Steffan Johnson.

SAN DIEGO 46, SAN FRANCISCO 41, at San Diego -- Eddie Sutton failed to record his 799th career win as his Dons (4-12) fell to the Toreros (8-10) in both teams' West Coast Conference opener.

Top 25 Men

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 93, N.C. STATE 62, at Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Deon Thompson and Ty Lawson each scored 16 points for the Tar Heels (17-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 25 consecutive points in the first half against the Wolf Pack (11-4, 0-1).

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