Jan. 10, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif.- Junior forward/center Ashley Walker posted 25 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 9 California to a 61-52 victory over Oregon Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 14-2 overall (5-0 Pac-10), while the Ducks fell to 8-7 (2-2 Pac-10). Cal improved to 5-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time in school history by rattling off its first six-game winning streak since the 1992-93 season.
Walker also added two rebounds, two blocks and a steal to help the Bears with their 11th straight home game and keep pace with the 1983-84 Cal team for the best start in school history through 16 games. Walker, who leads Cal in scoring at 17.3 ppg, registered her sixth game this season with 20 or more points. Alexis Gray-Lawson added 10 points for the Bears.
Gray-Lawson scored five points to lead Cal to a 7-2 lead with 17:14 left in the first half. The Bears held a 13-9 edge before Oregon went on a 5-0 run to grab its first lead of the game at 14-13 following a rebound and putback by Ellie Manou with 11:17 to go in the half.
There were six lead changes in the remainder of the first half, with Oregon securing a 24-20 lead with under four minutes until halftime courtesy of a fastbreak layup by Taylor Lilley. Senior forward Krista Foster sank a jumper and grabbed three rebounds to spark Cal and cut the deficit to 24-22 at the halftime break.
Oregon built a 29-23 lead with 17:19 left in the game behind four of Ellyce Ironmonger's 10 points. Ironmonger, however, was forced to sit for about six minutes of the second half after recording her fourth foul with 15:50 left in the game.
Cal went on a 17-4 run, ignited by six points from Walker and four each from Natasha Vital and Rama N'diaye, to go ahead 40-33 with 10 minutes left in the game. Oregon couldn't get any closer than five points the rest of the contest, and a layup by Walker with 3:12 on the clock gave Cal its largest lead of the game at 50-39.
Lilley, who had a team-high 15 points, sank two of her game-high three three-pointers down the stretch, but it wasn't enough for the Ducks.
After committing a season-low nine turnovers against UCLA, Cal made only 10 turnovers tonight. That helped the Bears' cause, as they shot only 39.3 percent from the field. However, they held the Ducks to 36.5 percent and forced them into 17 miscues.
N'diaye and Kelsey Adrian sparked Cal with seven points each off of the bench. Micaela Cocks tallied 13 points for Oregon.
Cal returns to action against Oregon State Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Saturday is the first of four Pac-10 Kids' Days at Haas Pavilion. All youth 12th grade and under are admitted for $1, and there will be kids-focused activities before the game beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of Haas Pavilion.