Jan. 14, 2010
The California Golden Bears topped the Washington Huskies, 60-43, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. Alexis Gray-Lawson helped lead her team to their first Pac-10 victory of the season, scoring a team-high 19 points.
Cal started the game slow, shooting under 30% in the first five and a half minutes, with Washington pushing out to a 18-9 early advantage. Cal's pressure on defense ignited the offense, with the Bears going on a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by senior guard Lauren Greif on a feed from Alexis Gray-Lawson to pull within two, 18-16. The Huskies continued to hold the lead until a jumper by Layshia Clarendon followed almost immediately by a steal and a layup by freshman forward Gennifer Brandon put Cal up by a point with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Washington hit a jump shot with 35 seconds left in the half to take a 25-24 lead into the break.
In the second half, an inspired Cal team took the floor and took control of the game from the inbounding of the ball. In the first four minutes of the second half, Cal forced six Washington turnovers, allowing the Huskies just three shots in that span. On the offensive side, Cal went on a 14-3 run to go from trailing by 2 to leading the game by nine. Cal kept the pressure on the entire second-half, forcing 18 Washington turnovers in the period. Freshman guard Eliza Pierre had five steals in the final 20 minutes of play. Offensively, senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson made the most of transition scoring, adding 15 points in the second period, hitting five of her seven shots. Gray-Lawson ended the game with a team-high 19 points.
"I'm really happy for the team to get a win under our belt," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "It has been a slow start on a couple of tough road trips, so it is nice to come home and get a win. To get that confidence going. Hopefully it is the start to something good."
Eliza Pierre scored seven points with five rebounds, three assists and six steals. Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 13 points with eight rebounds a block and a steal. Freshman center Brenna Heater had a strong defensive game with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.
With the victory,the Bears improve to 7-8 on the season and 1-3 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies fall to 8-7 and 3-2 in the Conference.
Cal will be back at home on Saturday, Jan. 16 when they host the Washington State Cougars. It will be a Cal Kids Day where tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger are just $1. There will be pregame activities in the plaza outside the arena (weather permitting) for all youth in attendance.