California Closes Out Road Trip at Washington

Feb. 13, 2010


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The California Golden Bears (13-10, 7-5 Pac-10) closes out their road trip with a Valentine's Day matchup with the Washington Huskies (9-13, 4-8 Pac-10) Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Washington. Sunday's game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net and shown locally on Comcast Bay Area.

The game will be the first of two WBCA Pink Zone games for the Bears. As part of a national initiative to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation and raise breast cancer awareness. The Bears will host their own Pink Zone game on Thursday, Feb. 18 when they take on Oregon State.

Cal is coming off a 62-44 victory over the Washington State Cougars. Cal had a strong first half, logging 11 steals in the first 20 minutes, with senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson grabbing four of them. The Bears have had more than 11 steals in a game only five times this season. They finished the game with 16 steals.

The Bears weren't just stealing the ball in the first half. They were maximizing those opportunities. The Bears scored 18 first half points on 11 steals. The 18 points were more than half of their point total for the half (32).

Cal also had a solid game down low, outscoring Washington State 40-26 in the paint. Starting post DeNesha Stallworth logged 14 points, despite playing much of the game in foul trouble. Freshman center Talia Caldwell, coming off the bench for the Bears, scored 12 points, her first double-digit scoring effort against a Pac-10 team. Caldwell also blocked three shots, the most blocks she has logged against a Pac-10 team this season.

Caldwell and Stallworth, two of the Bears' most-efficient shooters, combined to shoot 66.7 percent from the field, hitting 12 of their 18 shots (they were both 6-for-9).

Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon had a quiet offensive game, scoring six points, but pulled in seven rebounds, had a game-high four assists, and had a pair of steals.

Alexis Gray-Lawson led both teams in scoring, netting 19 points. Gray-Lawson moved within 14 points of moving into third place on the Cal career scoring list. She needs 14 points to tie Jennifer Bennett (1984-87) with 1766 career points. She needs 15 points to take sole possession of third place. Only her former teammate Ashley Walker (2006-09, 2142 points) and Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2320 points) will have scored more points while wearing a Cal jersey than Alexis Gray-Lawson.

STAT STANDINGSAlexis Gray-Lawson slipped to second in the Pac-10 scoring race. Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Conference, raising her average to 19.0 ppg with Gray-Lawson averaging 17.9. Gray-Lawson still leads the pack in Pac-10 games, averaging 21.5 ppg. Taylor Lilley of Oregon is second at 20.6.

GRAY-LAWSON IN THE RECORD BOOKS When Alexis Gray-Lawson takes the court on Sunday against Washington, it will be the 131st Cal game of her career. She will have played in more games wearing a Cal jersey than any other Bear women's basketball player. Gray-Lawson has started every game of her career.

Gray-Lawson moved up to fourth on the Cal career scoring list. Gray-Lawson passed Devanei Hampton (1,588) with her 29-point performance against Washington State, Teresa Palmisano (1,610) with her 19 points at Oregon, and Cynthia Cooke (1,641) during the Oregon State game. She has 1,752 career points, 14 points behind Jennifer Bennett, who currently ranks third on the list.

She also has the single-game scoring mark with her 47-point performance against Oregon State, and the back-to-back game scoring record of 86 when she followed that up with a 39-point performance against Arizona.

Gray-Lawson is already the Cal career leader in made three-pointers (189). She moved into the career top-10 in steals in the Oregon State game and is closing in on ninth place on that list.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth posted the first double double of her college career with 14 points and 10 rebounds against USC. Stallworth was the fifth different Cal player to post a double-double in a game this season. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon logged her team-leading third double-double of the season against Oregon State. Brandon scored 11 points with 11 rebounds coming off the bench for the Bears. All three of Brandon's double-doubles have come in games where she is not a member of the starting lineup. Alexis Gray-Lawson, who has one double-double this season, was one rebound shy of another at Washington State, with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

STEALS Freshman guard Eliza Pierre has amassed 46 steals this season. She had four against Washington State and six against Washington earlier this season. She is averaging 2.1 steals per game. She had at least one steal in six straight games, snapping that streak against USC. She did not have a single steal last week against the LA schools. She had two against Washington State. The Bears had 16 steals, their highest total against a Pac-10 opponent this season. The Bears logged 19 steals in their season opener against Idaho State.

FRESH(MAN) LINEUP Cal used their seventh different starting lineup of the season against USC and UCLA. The Bears have reverted back, for the time being, to two seniors and three freshmen. They have used three different mixes that feature four freshmen in the starting lineup and two different versions of the two seniors, three freshmen. Every single eligible Cal player but junior guard Rachelle Federico has started at least one game this season.

WBCA HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS Two of Cal's top-10 ranked recruiting class have just earned WBCA All-American recognition. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the nation's top 20 girls' basketball players selected to participate in the 19th annual WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike. Two incoming Cal players, Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert, have earned the honor. The college-style regulation game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 3, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This highly-anticipated event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which takes place at the site of the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. This year's event will be the first to be played on the same court as the NCAA Women's Final Four.

This is the second year in a row that Cal's incoming freshman class has been well-represented in the WBCA All-American game. Last season, DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon were named WBCA All-Americans.

McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert also earned 2010 McDonald's High School All-American honors. The two will be playing on March 31 for the West Team in the McDonald's All-American Game in Columbus, Ohio. Last season, DeNesha Stallworth played in both the WBCA and McDonald's High School All-American games. Joining Stallworth at the McDonald's game were Eliza Pierre, Gennifer Brandon, and Tierra Rogers. Maryland, Connecticut, and Duke were the only schools other than Cal to have multiple recruits named to the McDonald's All-American teams.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON (9-13, 4-8 Pac-10) The Huskies are in seventh place in the Pac-10, having dropped their last three games after defeating Washington State in Pullman to close out January. Cal has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams, including sweeping all three games against UW last season. The Huskies lead the all-time series 40-15.

Earlier this season, the California Golden Bears topped the Washington Huskies, 60-43. Cal started the game slow, shooting under 30% in the first five and a half minutes, with Washington pushing out to a 18-9 early advantage. Cal's pressure on defense ignited the offense, with the Bears going on a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by senior guard Lauren Greif on a feed from Alexis Gray-Lawson to pull within two, 18-16. The Huskies continued to hold the lead until a jumper by Layshia Clarendon followed almost immediately by a steal and a layup by freshman forward Gennifer Brandon put Cal up by a point with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Washington hit a jump shot with 35 seconds left in the half to take a 25-24 lead into the break.

In the second half, an inspired Cal team took the floor and took control of the game from the inbounding of the ball. In the first four minutes of the second half, Cal forced six Washington turnovers, allowing the Huskies just three shots in that span. On the offensive side, Cal went on a 14-3 run to go from trailing by 2 to leading the game by nine. Cal kept the pressure on the entire second-half, forcing 18 Washington turnovers in the period. Freshman guard Eliza Pierre had five steals in the final 20 minutes of play. Offensively, senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson made the most of transition scoring, adding 15 points in the second period, hitting five of her seven shots. Gray-Lawson ended the game with a team-high 19 points.

Eliza Pierre scored seven points with five rebounds, three assists and six steals. Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 13 points with eight rebounds a block and a steal. Freshman center Brenna Heater had a strong defensive game with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

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