California Downs Washington, 75-68, in overtime
Feb. 14, 2010
The California Golden Bears defeated the Washington Huskies, 75-68 in overtime in Seattle. Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 35 points to lead the Bears.
With both teams going with a full court press from the start, Cal won the early battle of ball control, taking a quick 6-0 lead. Alexis Gray-Lawson dominated the first half of the game, scoring 14 of Cal's first 16 points, hitting five of her six field goal attempts. Gray-Lawson, at the front line of the pressure defense, picked up her third foul with 8:33 left in the half. As Gray-Lawson headed to the bench, Cal's offense stalled. On the other end of the court, Washington took advantage of contact fouls, hitting 10 first-half freethrows to build a 30-25 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Cal trimmed the Husky lead to 40-39. After Washington turned the ball over, Cal took their first lead of the half on a three-pointer in the corner by freshman guard Layshia Clarendon, 42-49 with 11:28 remaining. After five lead changes and two ties, Cal was trailing by a point, 56-55, with 4:56 remaining in the game when Gray-Lawson sustained an injury to her right ankle and had to be helped off the court. After coming out of the game, testing the ankle, and getting it taped by the Cal training staff, Gray-Lawson came back out onto the court two minutes later with the score tied, 57-57.
DeNesha Stallworth put Cal up 59-57 with two minutes left on a putback after fighting for an offensive rebound. Gray-Lawson nailed a three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining to give Cal a 62-58 lead. After Washington answered on the other end with a three, Cal had a one-point lead, 62-61 with 31.4 on the clock. After senior guard hit two freethrows, Cal took a 64-61 advantage into the final 28.4 seconds of the game. Washington got a layup with 14 seconds remaining to pull within a point. A quick foul sent Vital back to the line where she put the Bears back up three, 66-63 with 10.2 remaining. With less than a second on the clock, Washington's Kristi Kingma drained a three to send the game to overtime.
In the overtime period, Gray-Lawson broke a 68-68 tie, hitting a three with 1:07 remaining in the OT. Gennifer Brandon pulled in a rebound after Washington missed a three. Washington fouled to send Gray-Lawson to the line. She hit both to give Cal a 73-68 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Cal held on for the victory.
Gray-Lawson, with an underhanded lobbed in basket with 18:24 left in the game, Alexis Gray-Lawson moved into third place on the Cal all-time career points list, passing Jennifer Bennett (1984-87, 1766 career points). Only Ashley Walker (2006-09, 2142 points) and Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2320 points) have scored more points in their Cal careers. The game was also the 131st game in Gray-Lawson's career, giving her more games played in a Cal jersey than any other player in the history of the program.
With the victory, Cal improves to 14-10 and 8-5 in Pac-10 play. They are 2-0 in overtime games this season. The Bears return home on Thursday Feb. 18, hosting Oregon State in the annual Pink Zone game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Foundation and breast cancer awareness. Tip off is at 7 p.m.