Jan. 8, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Senior forward Ashley Walker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 13 California to a 68-45 win over Washington State on Thursday night.
Walker, the Pac-10's leading scorer, had her 38th double-double and moved into second place on the Bears' career scoring list with 1,774 points. She scored Cal's final 10 points in the first half and finished 11-for-18 from the floor while leading the Bears to their fourth consecutive win.
California (12-2, 3-0) never trailed and led by as much as 25 in beating Washington State for the eighth straight time. The Bears haven't lost to the Cougars since Jan. 27, 2005.
"They came out and kept it close," said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "They did a lot of things to create havoc. I thought we did a good job, in particular, in the last four minutes of the game, something we really needed to improve on."
Freshman Jazmine Perkins scored 14 points for Washington State (7-6, 0-2). The Cougars have dropped four straight overall under second-year coach June Daugherty.
Walker, a two-time All-American, moved past Jennifer Bennett (1,766) on the school's career scoring chart, trailing only Colleen Galloway (2,320).
It's a great honor," said Walker, when she learned after the game of her accomplishment. "It is something that everyone would want to work hard for and do. I'm very excited about it."
WSU's Katie Appleton made the two free throws to pull the Cougars to 56-43 with 3:32 remaining before Kelsey Adrian made a 3-pointer and Natasha Vital followed with a quick score to seal the win for the Bears.
Walker, whose layup with 1.8 seconds left lifted the Golden Bears past Arizona State on Sunday, was the only California player to score over the final 5:48 of the first half. After being held to nine points by the Sun Devils, she had nine of the Bears' first 14 points in the second half to help Cal take a 47-33 lead.
Perkins, the impressive freshman who played at Berkeley High School only a few minutes away from the California campus, did her best to keep the Cougars from folding but got little support from her teammates.
Appleton had 11 points but only one other Washington State player scored more than four. The Cougars hit just one of their 19 three-point attempts in the game. The Bears were 6-for-18 from three-point range.
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson had her second double-double of the season and the second of her career. Gray-Lawson had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with 10 points. It was the first time in her career she logged double-digit rebounds. Her previous double-double came with 10 assists and 12 points against Princeton on Dec. 6. Gray Lawson, who is second in the Pac-10 in assit-to-turnover ratio, also logged four assists with just one turnover. Junior guard Lauren Greif also had a solid game for the Bears, pulling in eight rebounds with seven points.
Cal is 3-0 in the Pac-10 for only the third time in school history and will face Washington on Sunday, Jan. 11 in a 12:30 p.m. afternoon game. The afternoon game will be televised on FSN.