Oct. 31, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Five players scored in double figures to lead California to an 84-63 victory over DT3 Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears, who are ranked No. 14 in the ESPN-USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, were led by junior forward Ashley Walker's 18 points and seven rebounds.
"It's good to get out there and play," Cal head coach Joanne Boyle said. "We've been practicing for two to three weeks, so it's good to play against somebody besides ourselves.
"It's our first game out there. We were a little tentative early and just tried to get a feel for the flow of the game. But once we settled in, we were able to push the tempo a little bit. When we did get stops, we scored in transition."
Senior forward Krista Foster posted 15 points for the Bears. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson had a big game in her first outing back since tearing her ACL against Kansas Dec. 10, 2006. The Oakland product recorded 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Lauren Greif contributed 12 points, and sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye added 11 points.
Cal jumped out to a 10-6 lead with 16:06 left in the first half after Walker received a pass from Gray-Lawson and scored a layup in transition. The Bears led 12-10 after Walker and Gray-Lawson hooked up in transition again, but DT3 - a team composed of former collegiate stars - answered with an 11-5 run to go ahead 21-17 with under nine minutes left until halftime.
Behind eight points from Foster, Cal went on a 12-0 spurt to grab a 29-21 advantage about three minutes later. DT3 answered with baskets by former Arizona star Natalie Jones and Berkeley product Aisha Hollans, but the Bears controlled the final five minutes of the opening half.
Tyesha Lowery hit a long three-pointer with the shot clock expiring to bring DT3 to within 35-30, but the Bears, who shot 62.1 from the floor in the first half, entered the locker room up 45-32 after a 10-2 stretch. Greif capped Cal's first-half scoring with a steal and a layup.
DT3 cut Cal's margin to 47-39 after Lowery sank her third three-pointer of the game less than three minutes into the second half. Hollans sank 1-of-2 free throws to bring DT3 to within 49-42. The Bears then mounted an 11-2 run to register a 60-44 lead with 11:44 to go following an acrobatic three-point play by Gray-Lawson and a jumper by freshman guard Rachelle Federico.
Cal led by 16 points again with 10 minutes to play courtesy of a three-pointer by Foster. N'diaye extended the Bears' lead to 18 at 67-49 with two free throws.
Gray-Lawson sank a three-pointer and N'diaye converted a turnaround jumper to give the Bears their first 20-point edge at 76-56 at the 4:35 mark.
DT3 couldn't get any closer than 16 points the rest of the game. Greif gave the Bears an 84-61 margin - their largest of the game - with a layup with three seconds on the clock.
Kendra Wecker, a former All-American at Kansas State, led DT3 with 16 points, and Lowery and Hollans contributed 15 points each.
Cal shot 61.5 percent from the floor for the game, while DT3 hit 43.3 percent of its chances. The Bears also excelled from the free throw line, converting 16-of-21 attempts (76.2 percent), and held a commanding 36-24 edge on the glass.
Cal faces Loyola New Orleans in its final exhibition game Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Admission is free for all fans.