Nov. 15, 2007
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior forward/center Ashley Walker tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 12 California to a 65-49 victory over UC Riverside Thursday night at the Student Recreation Center. The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 with their second consecutive road win, while the Highlanders dropped to 0-3.
Walker became the 18th 1000-point scorer in Cal history with 13:14 to go in the game. Sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye fed Walker the ball on a high-low play, and Walker converted a layup on the right side of the basket to give Cal a 45-33 advantage. The basket accounted for her 999th and 1000th point. Walker now has 1006 career points.
Walker's double-double was her second of the season and 22nd of her career. N'diaye posted career highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds to earn her second double-double of her career and led the Bears with four assists tonight. Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian added 11 points off the bench for Cal.
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson capped a 9-0 run with a driving layup, extending Cal's lead to 17 points at 50-33. The Bears led by 17 points on two more occasions before a 5-0 spurt helped the Highlanders close to within 56-44 following two free throws by Tainoisouti Lott with 4:33 on the clock. Lott led her team with 15 points.
Cal was able to maintain its composure and pulled away against last year's Big West champions. With 21 ticks remaining, a free throw by sophomore guard Natasha Vital gave the Bears' their biggest margin of the game at 65-46.
Cal led 2-0 to start the game, but UC Riverside held a lead for a six-minute stretch. The Highlanders led by as much as 9-4 courtesy of two free throws by Seyram Gbewonyo, who finished the contest with 12 points.
Adrian helped Cal regain the lead for good at 11-10 with a jumper with 10:19 to go in the opening half.
Walker, who tallied 15 points in the first half, gave Cal its biggest first-half lead, posting a three-point play and two free throws to extend her team's advantage to 23-15 at the 3:08 mark. The Bears led 28-22 at the half.
N'diaye scored six of Cal's first 11 points of the second half to help Cal secure its first double-digit lead at 39-29 with 15:05 left in the game.
After shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in the second half, Cal finished the game with a 47.9 field goal percentage. The Bears held the Highlanders to 29.4 percent. Led by N'diaye and Walker, Cal outrebounded UC Riverside, 40-28.
Cal returns to Berkeley for its home opener against New Mexico Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.