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