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Gray-Lawson carries No. 21 California past St. Mary's

BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 22
points and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 21 California to a
71-56 victory over St. Mary's in the season opener for both
schools.

Ashley Walker scored 15 points while Lauren Greif and Krista
Foster added 11 apiece for the Golden Bears, who built a 42-30
halftime lead and held on thereafter.

Trailing by three with eight minutes left in the opening half,
California reeled off a 20-3 run to go ahead, 38-24. Greif
scored eight points during the outburst.

The Golden Bears were without injured star Devenai Hampton but
still delivered a strong defensive performance, limiting the
Gaels to 40 percent (23-of-57) shooting while forcing 29
turnovers.

Monica Mertle scored 14 points while Maija Lahde added 13 for
St. Mary's, who attempted just 13 free throws to California's
37.