Dec. 5, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 15 points and freshman Gennifer Brandon added 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 20 California to a 78-44 victory over Colorado State in the Colliers International Classic on Saturday.
DeNesha Stallworth, also a freshman, had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Golden Bears (4-2).
Senior guard Natasha Vital drained a three-pointer at the 14:45 mark in the first half, breaking an 8-8 tie to give Cal the lead, a lead they never relinquished. The Bears used their defense to fuel the offense, keeping the Rams from hitting a field goal for a four and a half minute stretch late in the first half while building a ten point lead on the other end of the court.
The Bears outran the Rams in the second half, outscoring the eight-man Ram squad 45-20 in the second period.
"I'm really pleased, especially with the second half,"said head coach Joanne Boyle. "I thought we made some good adjustments just in terms of running through things offensively more. Really being more aggressive. I think our defense really got our offense going. We got some easy baskets and got comfortable and we stopped standing around on offense."
Stallworth kept her string of double-digit scoring games alive, posting 14 points. She has scored in double-digits in each of her first six collegiate games. Stallworth, who went 2-for-3 from three-point range in the game, also logged seven rebounds, four assists and had a pair of blocks and a pair of steals.
Brandon's ten points and 12 rebounds gave her the second double-double of her career. Gray-Lawson scored a game-high 15 points.
The win was the 99th of coach Joanne Boyle's career. One more victory will make her the second women's coach in school history to reach the 100-win mark.
Colorado State sophomore Meghan Heimstra had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Kim Mestdagh added 12 points for the Rams (5-3), who were off to their best start since 2004-05 before losing to the Bears.
In the second game of the day, No. 7 Texas A&M defeated Southern Illinois, 72-58, to earn their spot in the championship game of the Colliers International Classic.
California plays No. 7/10 Texas A&M on Sunday in the championship game, the third time in three weeks that Cal has faced an opponent ranked in the top-10. The game will tip at 2:30 p.m. Colorado State will play Southern Illinois in the consolation game which tips at 12 p.m.