BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Freshmen Ashley Walker and Alexis
Gray-Lawson scored 14 points each, leading the Bears past Eastern
Washington, 64-45, in the first round of the preseason WNIT.
California (1-0), under first-year coach Joanne Boyle, will play
the winner of Friday's New Mexico-Oral Roberts game in Sunday's
Eastern Washington (0-1) was led by sophomore Brittney Osborn
with 13 points, but the Eagles were grounded by poor shooting. They
converted just 29.4 percent of their shots, and after losing an
early lead with 15:30 to go, trailed the rest of the way.
Leading 26-16 at the half, the Bears then removed all doubt as
to the outcome with a 13-0 run -- sparked by Walker, who scored the
first six points of the second half herself.
The Bears' showing was even more impressive considering that
6-foot-3 freshman center Devanei Hampton, a McDonald's All-American
like Gray-Lawson, missed the game due to a violation of team rules.