Nov. 9, 2008
BERKELEY - The California women's basketball team cruised to a 87-37 victory over the Vanguard Lions in the final exhibition game of the 2008-09 season. Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a game-high 21 points.
"I thought it was a good game for us," Cal head coach Joanne Boyle said. "We needed to come back strong off Chico State. Even though we beat Chico State, it was very, very sloppy. So we really focused on our defense and our transition in this game."
The Vanguard Lions, the NAIA I reigning national champions, began the game strong, going up by two points, 8-6, in the first four minutes of the game. The Bears erased the deficit, scoring eight straight points and mounting a 26-2 run over the next eight minutes to get the game well in their control. Senior forward/center Ashley Walker scored 11 of those 26 points with junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson adding ten of her own.
Gray-Lawson ended the game with a game-high 21 points in just 21 minutes on the court. Walker posted 20 points, hitting nine of her first 10 field-goal attempts. Walker ended the game shooting 81.8 percent from the field. The Bears overall shot 50.0 percent (27-54) in the game.
The Bears defense also looked solid in the tune-up for next Friday's regular-season opener. The Cal defenders did not allow a single three-point basket, with the Lions shooting 0-18 from long range. Overall, the Bears' defense allowed the Lions just 13 makes on 54 field goal attempts for a 24.1 percent shooting efficiency from the field.
"I thought in the first half, we did a really good job of pushing the ball and getting the looks we wanted early," Boyle said. "I thought we did a much better job defensively. We had some breakdowns in the first part of the second half on defensive communication and lazy turnovers. But other than that, I thought it was a good game for us."
The Bears officially open the 2008-09 season on Friday, November 14 when they host Albany. Friday's opener has a special 1pm tip time at Haas Pavilion. Tickets are available at the box office or on the California Golden Bears website.
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