Golden Bears Fall in Battle of Top 10s, 72-52
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/26/2008

Jan. 26, 2008

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STANFORD, Calif. - No. 8 California lost to No. 7 Stanford, 72-52, Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion in the first meeting ever between the two teams with both ranked in the top 10 nationally. The Golden Bears fell to 17-3 overall, as they saw their nine-game winning streak snapped in the opening round of the Battle of the Bay. Cal holds a one-game lead in the Pac-10 at 8-1. Stanford and Arizona State are in second at 7-2 as all 10 conference teams enter the second half of league play next week.

Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson and sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye led Cal with 12 points each, and junior forward/center Ashley Walker chipped in 10 points.

Cal kept the game close for the first 12 minutes of the first half. The Bears led 3-2 early on and trailed only 11-8 following a jumper by Hampton with 13:18 left in the first half.

The Cardinal (17-3) led only 19-12 courtesy of a three-pointer by Cal freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian with 7:39 left in the opening half.

Stanford closed the half on a 13-4 run to lead 32-16 at halftime. N'diaye scored Cal's final four points of the half on jump shots.

The Bears came out energized in the second half, scoring the first eight points to get within 32-24 with 18:11 left in the game. Sophomore guard Natasha Vital converted a layup and Gray-Lawson sank two of her three treys in the game to ignite the run.

Stanford recovered to lead 47-29 with 13:09 to go, and the Bears couldn't get any closer than 15 points the rest of the game.

Candice Wiggins led Stanford with 28 points. JJ Hones and Kayla Peterson contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.

On a positive note, Cal committed only 12 turnovers.

Cal returns home to face UCLA Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. and USC Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.