Nov. 28, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 12 California utilized a strong second-half effort to post a 75-54 victory over Loyola Marymount Wednesday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 5-1 with their 26th-consecutive home non-conference victory, while the Lions fell to 4-3 after losing the first-ever women's basketball game between the schools.
Junior forward Ashley Walker led Cal with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Walker, who now has 1081 career points, climbed from 16th to 13th on Cal's career points chart. Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian contributed season highs of 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and redshirt sophomore guard Alexis Gray-Lawson tallied 13 points.
Walker, who notched her fifth double-double of the season today, saw her streak of 16 straight free throw makes come to an end with 10:28 to go. She converted 7-of-8 attempts today and has made 35-of-42 (83.3 percent) of her free throws this season.
Cal jumped out to an 11-3 lead less than six minutes into the game following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Natasha Vital as the shot clock expired.
The Bears battled foul trouble in the post in the first half, as starting center Rama N'diaye and Ashley Walker each posted two fouls by 14:15 left in the first half. Walker managed to play 15 minutes in the opening half and didn't pick up another foul the remainder of the game.
Cal led 13-5 before LMU made an 11-6 run to close to within 19-16 following a three-pointer by Kavita Goss, who led her team with 12 points off of the bench.
The momentum shifted back to the Bears, as Walker scored eight of her 14 first-half points, capped by a steal and coast-to-coast layup, to help Cal grab a 27-19 lead with 4:08 left in the opening half.
The Bears extended their 31-24 halftime lead to 35-24 following baskets by N'diaye and Gray-Lawson to start the second half. The Lions trailed 37-29 with 17:04 to play and couldn't get any closer the rest of the game.
Cal's lead soared to 15 points at 46-31 courtesy of two free throws by Gray-Lawson. Walker made a layup to ignite a 7-0 run and Adrian drained her second three-pointer and made two free throws to put the Bears ahead, 63-44, with 7:37 remaining in the contest.
All nine dressed players saw action for Cal. Freshman reserve guard Rachelle Federico made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Bears' their biggest lead of the game at 73-50 with 3:16 on the clock. Federico also hit a jumper to put her team ahead by 23 again at 75-52.
Cal forced LMU into 24 turnovers, including 15 off of steals, and held a 43-25 rebounding edge. The Bears also capitalized on a huge advantage at the charity stripe, hitting 15-of-19 attempts compared to the Lions' 3-of-6 day.
Jenna Sybesma added 10 points for LMU.
Cal returns to action this weekend as host of the fourth-annual Contra Costa Times Classic. The Bears host Saint Mary's Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. The tournament continues with No. 18 Vanderbilt facing Saint Mary's Saturday at 4 p.m. and wraps up Sunday with the Bears and Commodores meeting at 1 p.m. in a game televised by Comcast SportNet.