March 3, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California seniors Leigh Gregory and Kristin Iwanaga earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the 2004-05 season, while freshman Jessica Lawson was named to the five-person Pac-10 All-Freshman team. This marks the first all-conference selections for these athletes.
Gregory, a 6-0 forward from Pleasant Hill, Calif., leads the Golden Bears and ranks 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring this season at 11.2 ppg after pacing Cal with 16 double-figure scoring games. The senior has notched at least 15 points six times, including a career-high 25 points against national-power TCU. She is 11th in Cal history in career scoring with 1115 points. In addition, the tri-captain is sixth in the conference in field goal percentage at 49.8 percent, leads the Bears in steals with 34 and ranks second on the team in rebounding at 4.1 rpg. Gregory is 14 rebounds shy of reaching the 500 plateau and has added a career-high eight blocks this year. Gregory has started 103 of the 109 games she has played in at Cal, joining Iwanaga (113, started 112) and Kiki Williams (113, started 54) on this year's squad as players who have logged over 100 games in a Bear uniform.
Iwanaga is enjoying her best season at Cal and has earned national notoriety for her sharp shooting. The 5-6 guard from Santa Clara, Calif., is third on the Bears in scoring with a career-best 10.3 ppg (17th in the Pac-10) and is averaging a career-best 3.4 rpg. The tri-captain leads the nation in free throw percentage at 94.0 percent (78-83) and her 54.1 three-point field goal clip (40-74) paces the Pac-10 and would lead the nation if she had made the necessary two threes per games played (54 in this case). Iwanaga is on pace to graduate as the Pac-10's career free throw percentage leader at 89.1 percent (227-255) and currently is seventh in conference history in career three-point accuracy (42.3%, 119-281). Additionally, she is ninth all-time in assists in school history with 312. Iwanaga has been a workhorse since arriving at Cal, ranking second in the Pac-10 in minutes played this year at 34.58 per game and seeing 3,579 minutes during her four years on the team.
Lawson is the first Cal player to be tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Masa Radovic in 1997-98 and is the eighth Bear ever to earn the distinction. The 6-3 center from Edgewood, Fla., is second on Cal in scoring at 10.5 ppg (15th in the Pac-10), which is second among all freshmen in the conference. Lawson owns 15 double-figure scoring games, including two career-high 19 point outings against Arizona. In the Feb. 5 home win over the Wildcats, Lawson posted her first career double-double by adding a career-high 12 rebounds. Her 51.3 field goal percentage ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and tops among all freshmen. Lawson also leads Cal in rebounding (5.0 rpg, 16th Pac-10) and blocks (0.78 bpg, 10th Pac-10). In conference games, Lawson paced the Bears at 10.7 ppg.