California Wins Fifth Game in a Row, Downing Arizona 73-53

Jan. 28, 2010

BERKELEY -

The California Golden Bears won their fifth game in a row Thursday night when they earned a 73-53 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Alexis Gray-Lawson led the Bears with 39 points.

Cal got off to a slow start, falling behind the Wildcats 21-13 in the first half. Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson ignited the offense, draining a three-pointer and a jumper in the lane on back-to-back possessions to make it a one-possession game. Cal tied the game, 24-24, on a made three-pointer by junior guard Rachelle Federico with 6:31 left in the half. After Arizona tied the game 26-26, Gray-Lawson made one of her seven first-half field goals to put Cal up 28-26. The Bears would not trail again in the game and took a 36-31 lead into the break.

Arizona made things interesting at the start of the second half. The opened the period on a 4-0 run, pulling within a point, 36-35, with 18:20 remaining. Cal went on a 10-3 run, with Alexis Gray-Lawson scoring all ten points, to give themselves a cushion. Arizona never again threatened with Cal cruising to their fifth Pac-10 victory of the season.

Alexis Gray-Lawson, the reigning Pac-10 player of the week, scored 39 points, the second consecutive game she scored more than 30 points in regulation. Gray-Lawson scored 47 points last Saturday at Oregon State, 33 of those coming in regulation, the other 14 she scored over the course of two overtimes. The 39 points was the fifth highest single-game total in Cal history and the most points Gray-Lawson scored in a non-overtime game. This was the fourth time in Gray-Lawson's career she has scored 30 or more points in a game.

Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon, returning to the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 22, had her second consecutive game pulling in double-digit rebounds. She led both teams with 15.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting the Arizona State Sun Devils. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

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