Gray-Lawson Scored 10 Points to Advance USA Team Heads to Gold Medal Game

July 9, 2009

BELGRADE, SERBIA -

California Golden Bear guard Alexis Gray-Lawson went 4-for-5 from the field, scoring 10 points with five rebounds to help the United States World University Games team earn a 81-66 victory over Australia. The victory sends the US squad into the gold medal game with a 6-0 record in the tournament.

Down 13-9 with 4:53 remaining in the first quarter, the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team (6-0) launched a 25-0 run that established an insurmountable U.S. lead and helped propel the USA past Australia (4-2) 81-66 on Thursday evening in Belgrade, Serbia.

The USA advances undefeated to the 2009 World University Games gold medal game, where it will meet the winner of also unbeaten Russia (6-0) and Czech Republic (4-2) at 3:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. PDT) on Saturday, July 11 at Belgrade Arena. The loser of the Russia versus Czech Republic game will face Australia in the bronze medal contest at 12:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. PDT).

'I think we came out, got a little run and then we let up,' said USA and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'As a coach I don't understand that. We always want everybody to go out and work hard every possession. You have to credit Australia. They're a tough, physical team. They play hard every possession. Our team can learn from that. We take possessions off and every time we took a possession off in the second half, they capitalized.'

The red, white and blue was led by Danielle McCray (Kansas / Olathe, Kan.) with 15 points and five rebounds; Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.) tallied a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double; and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma / San Jose, Calif.), who dished out a game-high four assists, and Alexis Gray-Lawson (California / Oakland, Calif.), who shot 4-of-5 from the field and grabbed five rebounds, each contributed 10 points.

'We're really excited,' Gray-Lawson said. 'Obviously we've been doing two-a-days, all the different practices to get here. We're definitely excited to be playing for the gold medal.'

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