Dec. 13, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - California guard Alexis Gray-Lawson will miss the remainder of the 2006-07 women's basketball season due to an ACL and meniscus tear. The sophomore sustained the injuries to her right knee in the second half of the Kansas game Dec. 10.
The 5-8 Gray-Lawson will have surgery in a few weeks.
"This is a tremendous loss to the Cal program," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "Lexi's value to the team is immeasurable, as she not only contributes statistically, but she is also our floor leader and the heart of Cal basketball. Lexi inspires her teammates every day to play at their best and is a role model to our freshmen. It's going to take a team effort to help us continue the success we've experienced so far this season, and they are already embracing the challenge. Lexi will continue to be a big part of our program, and we look forward to having her back on the court next season."
Gray-Lawson, a product of Oakland, is third on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg and leads the Bears in assists at 3.1 apg this season. Additionally, the Street & Smith preseason All-American averages 2.9 rebounds per game and shoots 75.0 percent from the foul line. Gray-Lawson has posted double-figure points in five games this year, including a season-high 22 points in a season-opening win over Saint Mary's Nov. 12. Last week, she matched her career high of nine assists in a victory over Fresno State.
In 2005-06, Gray-Lawson was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection after averaging 14.6 ppg (ninth Pac-10), 3.9 rpg and 2.7 apg. She tallied a career-high 30 points at Stanford Jan. 14. She also paced the Bears in three-point percentage (38.9%, fifth Pac-10) and in three-pointers made (42).
Cal, which is ranked No. 15 nationally with an 8-1 record, opens Pac-10 play at UCLA Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.