March 13, 2010
LOS ANGELES -
The California Golden Bears (18-13) exited the Pac-10 Tournament with a 64-44 loss to the top-seeded Stanford Cardinal (30-1) Saturday in Los Angeles.
Cal, coming off an exciting 60-50 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils to advance to their fourth consecutive Pac-10 Tournament semifinal appearance, played a very low-energy game against the Cardinal. Stanford scored the first seven points of the game, and never looked back. Cal pulled twice within three early in the game, both on jumpers by senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, but steady play by the Cardinal helped them build up a 16-point lead at the half.
Stanford opened the second half on a 10-2 run, extending their lead to 26 with 13:19. Senior guard Lauren Greif drained a three to put an end to the Cardinal run and restarted Cal's offense.
Just as Cal begin to show some energy, with five minutes left in the game, they were dealt their biggest blow of the season.Play was halted for approximately ten minutes after senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson fell hard on the court after having her shot blocked by a Stanford player. She was attended to on the court by medical personnel.
Cal outscored the Cardinal 12-8 after play resumed, with the Cardinal moving into the Pac-10 Tournament championship game with the 64-44 victory.
Gray-Lawson was taken to a downtown Los Angeles hospital for evaluation. She was released after CT scans came back negative. She has been diagnosed with a neck strain. Her playing status is listed as day-to-day.
Gray-Lawson and the rest of the Golden Bears will learn their post-season fate on Monday, Nov. 15. The NCAA field of 64 teams will be announced between 4 and 5 p.m. If the Bears do not earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, they will learn late Monday night whether they will receive an invitation to the Women's NIT. Details about Cal's post season will be posted on CalBears.com as soon as they become available.