Jan. 19, 2009
BERKELEY - Scoring over half the team's points in the "Battle of the Bay" on Sunday, California Golden Bears junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 12-18, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Gray-Lawson led the Golden Bears to a thrilling 57-54 victory over Bay Area-rival and top-10 ranked Stanford, converting on two decisive free throws with 1:09 left to play to put up California for good.
The junior took over for the Bears, who were battling for the top spot in the league standings, scoring a career-high 37 points. Gray-Lawson was the first Bear to score more than 35 points in a game since Jennifer Bennet scored 39 points on March 20, 1987. Gray-Lawson converted on 60 percent of her shots, going 12-20 from the floor, including 5-7 from the arc. It is also the second-highest single-game total in the Pac-10 this season and tied for the fifth-highest in the country to date.
The match, between the Pac-10's two top-10 ranked teams marked the first win for California over the Cardinal at home since 1993. The Golden Bears, who now sit alone at the top of the Pac-10 standings, played to a crowd of 10,126 fans, the second-highest total for a Cal women's basketball game in the program's history.
This is the first time in Gray-Lawson's career she has earned the Player of the Week honor. It is the third time this season a Cal player has been named Player of the Week with Ashley Walker earning the honor twice in the month of December. Gray-Lawson's award is the 33rd time a Cal player has earned the honor since they became a member of the Pac-10 in 1986. She is the 15th different Cal player to be named a Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Next up for California, the Bears face Oregon State in Corvallis on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday in Eugene.