Cal Defeats Tunisia National Team, 74-56
May 28, 2008
MONASTIR, Tunisia - Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson recorded 30 points to lead California to a 74-56 victory over the Tunisia National team Wednesday night at the Monastir Gym. The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 on their African tour and will conclude their exhibition tour against the Senegal Under-20 National team on May 31 in Dakar, Senegal.
Gray-Lawson's performance comes on the heels of her 20-point effort Tuesday in Cal's 67-42 triumph over Tunisia. Tonight, Gray-Lawson made 8-of-15 field goals, including 7-of-9 from three-point range. She was the only Cal player to make a trey in the game and added five rebounds and five steals.
Junior guard Natasha Vital was limited to only a few minutes of action after suffering what appears to be a mild sprained ankle in the first quarter. As a result, Gray-Lawson logged major minutes and relied on junior Lauren Greif for some relief running the point in the fourth quarter.
Cal, which had a full day of activities prior to the game, struggled as a team early on, and the Tunisian team held a 39-36 edge at the half. Cal senior forward Ashley Walker posted 11 of her 13 points in the first half, and Gray-Lawson tallied 15 of points to keep the Bears close. Aida Soltani paced Tunisia with 15 first-half points. Cal held it's only first-half lead at 26-25 with 6:09 left to play in the second quarter.
Cal took charge in the second half, keyed in the third quarter by 11 unanswered points by Gray-Lawson, which included three consecutive three-pointers. The Bears picked up their defensive pressure and held Tunisia to five points in the third quarter and a six-minute scoreless stretch from 9:17 to 3:17.
Cal began the fourth quarter up 57-44 and did not let up. Forward Krista Foster, who graduated before leaving for Africa, led the way with 10 of her 11 points. Foster saw a lot of action in the paint in the fourth quarter, as Walker sat out from the 2:40 mark of the third quarter through the rest of the game. Walker was plagued by foul trouble, and the reserves were playing well.
As a team, Cal shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the floor and 70.3 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line.
Senior forward Shantrell Sneed led Cal with 11 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end of the court.
Cal left its practice jerseys with the Tunisian team. Senior forward/center Devanei Hampton made a gracious gesture of her own. Hampton took off the pair of Jordan's that she was wearing and gave them to the youngest player on the national team.